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Climate Action

Climate action for buildings and infrastructure

Climate change has been posed as one of the greatest threats to the comfort and health of our buildings and infrastructure. Although the uncertainty associated with the magnitude of the change is large, the fact that our climate is changing is unequivocal. As a result, making buildings and infrastructure (and their surroundings) more resilient to climate change is a priority for owners and authorities. An early and planned climate adaptation action will increase the comfort, durability, and safety of our buildings and infrastructure and therefore save money and, ultimately, lives.

The Journey

Adaptation (and mitigation) is the pathway for new and existing buildings and infrastructure on their climate journey. This action brings together some answers to some unknowns.


We have already started to ground our expertise in several areas:
  • Impact of climate change in structural health monitoring of bridges
  • Bridge adaptation strategies
  • Physics-based modeling for climate change scenarios
  • Integrating modeling (hydrological, reservoir, and hydraulic models) to analyze impacts on downstream infrastructures, to create scenarios, and to study infrastructure vulnerability
  • Hydrological and hydraulic modeling of risk areas for different scenarios (e.g., flood risk areas)
  • Analysis of the water regime under different scenarios in hydraulic infrastructure
  • Analysis of indoor comfort conditions and health in new and existing buildings
  • Green solutions for buildings in urban areas
  • Assessment of nature-based solutions for urban climate adaptation
  • Eco-design of road pavement solutions to contribute to the decarbonization of the sector
  • Bio-based solutions for road infrastructure

Research Projects

Special Issues

SPECIAL ISSUE on the “Climate Change Impacts on Bridges, Roads, and Buildings,”. Guest Editors: Quoc Bao Pham (University of Silesia), Eloi Figueiredo (Lusófona University), Tu Dam Ngoc Le (Mientrung University of Civil Engineering). The primary goals of this collection are: understanding vulnerability and exploring adaptation strategies. The deadline for submitting manuscripts is 30th April 2024. For more information

SPECIAL ISSUE on the “Impact of climate change on the structural health monitoring of civil infrastructure”. Guest Editors: Eloi Figueiredo (Lusófona University), Ionut Moldovan (Lusófona University), and Luís Oliveira Santos (National Laboratory for Civil Engineering). For more information: https://journals.sagepub.com/home/shm.

Relevant Publications

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