A majority of respondents to a EUROCONTROL survey of aviation stakeholders, carried out as part of the Challenges of Growth 2018 work, expect climate change to affect their business between now and 2050. Identified impacts include:
- higher-average and extreme temperatures;
- changing precipitation patterns;
- changes to storm patterns;
- sea-level rise and storm surges;
- changing wind patterns.
Although aviation deals with disruptive weather on a regular basis, such events are likely to become more frequent and more extreme as the climate changes. We need to prepare by increasing the aviation system’s capacity for resilience.