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The Role of Climate Data in the Planning Processes in Germany for Bridges, Hydropower Dams and Coastal Protection

The incorporation of climate change into infrastructure planning is one of the greatest challenges of the 21st century. Due to insufficient planning and usage of climate services and predictions, adaptation measures failed under the threat of climatic events. Such an example can be seen in the floods in Dresden, Hamburg and other cities in many conceding years, where the waters still managed to flood the city, although adaptation measures had been put in place.

Therefore the question arises of, how does the planning of certain infrastructure projects work and where are the entry points for climate data and information? The act of planning, organizing and constructing any infrastructure project however is a very complex and comprehensive topic. The process runs through a lot of steps and incorporates a vast sum of actors involved.

This report aims to give an overview of the planning processes in Germany for bridges, hydropower dams and coastal protection and where in such processes climate data are required. Certain codes, standards, norms and regulations will be assessed to understand how the decision making processes are influenced.