The climate of the future will be warmer and wetter than today’s. Higher temperatures and altered precipitation patterns will increase the risk for local water shortages and droughts during the summer season. Violent downpours often lead to flooding in urban areas and along lakes and rivers. These new conditions are creating a need for solutions that both reduce climate impact and adapt society to a changed climate. Climate change adaption is aimed at keep society’s functions intact even when they are affected by climate change. Through proactive adaptation of our society, we can reduce the risks to human life and health and avoid runaway costs for damage. Sweco’s experts offer services that can contribute to reducing climate impact and increasing climate change adaption. Our experience ranges from small, local areas to adaptation of entire societies and major infrastructure projects.
Living close to the water is popular, yet more climate change leads to new challenges. Society must be adapted to cope with heavier rainfall, rising ocean levels and higher floodwaters. Our committed experts help predict what consequences climate change might have, in the form of greater flooding risk, for example.
Sweco has developed a socioeconomic cost-benefit analysis (CBA) model that has successfully been used in a vast number of projects. Using CBA, we can perform a socioeconomic analysis of the planned actions, under which the benefit, in the form of less risk of flooding, is weighed alongside the costs of taking the actions. CBA enables the early identification of the most advantageous actions and thus becomes a crucial decision-making basis for all types of projects.
We also work on charting flooding risks and proposing actions, and developing strategies for the regulation and tapping of lake water. When development extends into the water in coastal areas, we also calculate currents. Our experts produce environmental impact assessments and various types of technical descriptions, as well as designing dams and other flow-regulating structures.