The dramatic image above is an extreme example of infrastructure built to adapt to a changing climate – the Delta Works flood control megaproject built to protect the Rhine-Meuse river delta area of the Netherlands. The Delta Works network of storm surge barriers, dams, sluices, locks, dykes and levees was built over four decades at a cost of $13 billion. The premier example of a “disaster avoidance” strategy, the Delta Works were declared one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World by the American Society of Civil Engineers.
The private sector is a crucial part of successful climate risk adaptation and mitigation strategies, with opportunities ranging from construction megaprojects to consumer products and services. Construction projects are only one aspect of the broad spectrum of business opportunities or all types and sizes presented by climate adaptation. By making connections between the business sector, the scientific community and the public sector, CAC provides a forum to discover new business opportunities and a long term strategic view of the changing Florida climate.