Assessment of the Economic Impacts of Landslides and Other Climate-Driven Events

This report considers the economic consequences of landslide and flood damage to rural road networks in Scotland, with reference to similar events in Jamaica, Nepal and China. The economic impacts are of three kinds: direct impacts, direct consequential impacts, and indirect consequential impacts. Direct economic impacts include the costs of cleaning up and repair of damaged infrastructure, and the costs of search and rescue. 
Direct consequential economic impacts include disruption of infrastructure and loss of utility, such as road closures, traffic diversion, and implementation of single lanes and temporary traffic lights; this also includes the costs of accidents. 
Indirect consequential impacts are the effects on businesses due to their dependence on the transportation network. The reach of such impacts can be considerable, especially in rural areas with few roads and few alternative routes; a small landslide can disrupt economic activity over a wide area. It is clear that landslides on Scottish strategic roads have significant economic impacts. While the direct consequential costs may not be as large as those that affect more densely populated areas with more traffic, the costs are borne by a smaller number of people and businesses. The mix of different costs calculated in this report is not intended to be aggregated to arrive at a total figure for the economic impact; rather, the authors aim to distinguish the different types of costs in the context of the different sectors that bear those costs.


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  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: Appendices; Figures; Maps; Photos; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 150p

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  • Accession Number: 01706168
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 9781912433551
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 28 2019 9:49AM