Politicians and construction experts have been urged to think creatively about how they can help safeguard key infrastructure systems against extreme weather.
A report from the Royal Society has highlighted the damaging effect severe weather can have on buildings, transport networks and communities as a whole.
Resilience to Extreme Weather suggests that fresh thinking is needed when it comes to construction and infrastructure.
By disrupting key infrastructure networks relating to sectors like transport, energy, water and communications, the society said national economies and individuals can suffer from extreme weather.
It said it was important to recognise that a failure in one sector could have a knock-on effect on other parts of a country’s infrastructure, making the problem even bigger.
When it comes to building resilience, the Royal Society added that countries should focus more time and effort on the most critical elements of their infrastructure systems.