Climate Resilience and Adaptation for Rural Roads Course - University of Birmingham


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Program Description


Find out how planners and road designers can manage the effect of climate change and extreme weather on rural roads.

Discover how rural roads can become more resilient to changing weather patterns

We already know that climate change is having a significant impact on temperature, rainfall and wind speed.

Planners, designers and managers of rural road infrastructures must keep up-to-date with the nature of these changes. This includes understanding the likelihood of occurrence, as well as the implications on the financing, design, and maintenance of these roads in the future.

On this course, you’ll explore these factors and consider how new and existing infrastructure can be planned, designed, upgraded, maintained and adapted to become more climate-resilient.

What topics will you cover?

  • Climate-related issues which might affect the design, construction and maintenance of low volume rural roads.
  • The Impact on the socio-economic situation of those reliant on low volume rural roads.
  • How the changing climate affects the impact of the design.
  • How the design, construction and maintenance of low volume rural roads can be modified to increase their climate resilience.

When would you like to start?

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  • Available now

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to:

  • Explore research from the Research for Community Access Partnership (ReCAP) on rural roads.
  • Identify the anthropogenic causes of Climate change and global warming and have a basic understanding of the science that underpins climate change.
  • Assess how confidently climate change tools can be used to predict the most likely regional climate change events and the anticipated impact on rural roads.
  • Develop a range of maintenance and rehabilitation strategies and approaches to adapt the rural road network to climate change events and mitigate against damage and loss of function.
  • Explain effectively (to stakeholders and national strategic transport planners) the importance of appropriate planning for Climate change and adoption of climate adaptation procedures.

Who is the course for?

This course is for anyone who has a general interest in learning about the impact of climate change on rural infrastructure.

It will be particularly useful for rural road practitioners and researchers in Sub Saharan Africa and South Asia, practitioners who manage, design, construct and maintain Low Volume Rural Roads (LVRR), and postgraduate Engineering students studying rural road development in emerging and developing countries.

Who will you learn with?

David Hughes

I am a chartered civil engineer and academic based at Queen's University Belfast with consulting experience in geotechnics and pavement design on road construction projects across the globe.

Michael Burrow

I am a Senior Lecturer within the School of Engineering at the University of Birmingham. I specialise in researching and teaching road asset management, with a focus on pro-poor development.

Who developed the course?

University of Birmingham

The University of Birmingham is a public research university, consistently listed as a leading UK university and ranked among the top 100 in the world.

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