New nuclear build sites - adaptation options over their full life-cycle.pdf (902.36 kB)
Keeping nuclear and other coastal sites safe from climate change
journal contributionposted on 2019-04-16, 08:43 authored by Robert WilbyRobert Wilby, Robert J. Nicholls, Rachel F. Warren, Howard S. Wheater, Derek Clarke, Richard J. Dawson
The UK’s eight proposed new nuclear power stations are all to be sited on the coast. With a total cradle-to-grave life cycle of at least 160 years, and heightened awareness of inundation risk following the failure of the Fukushima I nuclear plant in Japan this year, Britain’s nuclear developers have to show how they plan to cope with the possibility of rising sea levels, higher sea temperatures and more extreme weather events over the next two centuries. This paper describes the adaptation options for new nuclear and other major long-lived coastal developments. Despite uncertainty about climate scenarios for the 2200s, it explains how flexibility of design and safety margins can be incorporated from the outset and, when combined with routine environmental monitoring, how sites can be adaptively managed throughout their life cycles.
- Social Sciences
- Geography and Environment
Published inProceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers - Civil Engineering
Pages129 - 136
CitationWILBY, R.L. ... et al, 2011. Keeping nuclear and other coastal sites safe from climate change. Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers - Civil Engineering, 164 (3), pp.129-136.
Publisher© ICE Publishing
- AM (Accepted Manuscript)
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NotesThis paper was accepted for publication in the journal Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers - Civil Engineering and the definitive published version is available at https://doi.org/10.1680/cien.2011.164.3.129.