UK Military and Climate Change

Posted: 22nd September 2021

Deploying representative sea-level projections closely aligned with only

conservative IPCC findings and based on only median sea-level projections;
this report provides sets of annual flood risk maps for the year 2050 at
nine nuclear military installations: HM Naval Base Faslane, Rosyth
Dockyard, RN Armaments Depot Coulport, HM Naval Base Devonport, BAE Systems
Barrow, AWE Aldermaston, AWE Burghfield, Sellafield Ltd, and Rolls Royce
Marine Power Operations Raynesway. These flood risk maps represent
plausible threat indicators requiring deeper investigation. Not least
because the underpinning analysis is based on significantly improved
coastal elevation, ocean thermal expansion, ice sheet melt, and land motion
data – hence, good estimates of sea-level rise induced climate impact to
nuclear infrastructure. That said, since the maps are not based on physical
storm and flood simulations, risk from extreme flood events may be greater
– as erosion, frequency and intensity of storms, storm surge and inland
flooding haven’t been taken into consideration. In other words, these
flood risk projection maps may prove an underestimation.

 Nuclear Consultation Group 20th Sept 2021

 Scotland’s nuclear military bases at ‘very great’ risk of flooding due to
climate change, report finds. Nuclear military sites in Scotland and the UK
are at “very great” risk of flooding in the near future due to the
impacts of climate change, according to a new report.

 Scotsman 20th Sept 2021

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