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Dublin datacentre workers warned about climate change-related coastal flooding risk

tilialucida – stock.adobe.com A 3D data visualisation map from Cervest shows large swathes of Dublin could be affected by climate change-related coastal flooding in the years to come, which could have big implications for the region’s datacentres By Caroline Donnelly, Senior Editor, UK Published: 13 May 2022 12:30 Dublin’s datacentre operators are being urged to…

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A 3D data visualisation map from Cervest shows large swathes of Dublin could be affected by climate change-related coastal flooding in the years to come, which could have big implications for the region’s datacentres

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Published: 13 May 2022 12: 30

Dublin’s datacentre operators are being urged to pay close attention to climate change forecasts that suggest thousands of buildings – including power stations – in the Irish city could be at high risk of coastal flooding in the years to come.

That’s according to data shared by climate technology company Cervest, which used the Dublin Climate Summit this week to publish a 3D data visualisation of a “business as usual” climate scenario that suggests large swathes of the city could be at risk of up to 1.7 metres of flooding by the year 2100.

“Damaged Areas will include businesses and private property, as well as energy suppliers,” the company stated in a statement.

“It emphasizes the importance to keep global heating down and that places we take for granted as permanent fixtures are part of a fragile, interconnected system that’s being altered by climate change .”

Its forecast shows that, without outside intervention, more than 8,500 buildings in Dublin’s central area could be blighted by coastal flooding, including power stations, which could lead to widespread, indirect disruption to datacentres located in the Greater Dublin area, as well as any located in the central area, cautioned Cervest CEO Iggy Bassi in a statement to Computer Weekly.

” Rising sea levels could cause major damage and disruption to datacentres at Dublin and other locations, causing outages, significant downtime, and network-wide disruption,” said he.

“There will also be knock-on effects that will be transmitted throughout the network. These impacts could impact business continuity of the critical infrastructure of our economy. The impacts of climate risk are felt across all of the network and not just at the affected .”

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As previously documented by Computer Weekly, demand for datacentre capacity in and around Dublin has soared in recent years, fuelled predominantly by the growing demand for server capacity from the public cloud and internet giants. This market is now one of Europe’s largest.

” Datacentre leaders need to have a holistic view of all climate risk. This includes flooding, but other stresses such as heatwaves must be considered in .”

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The visualisation presented at the summit does not show the effect that climate change-related coastal flooding has on Dublin. However, its creators warned that other side effects such as extreme heat and wind stress could cause serious problems for the region.

“If mitigation strategies, such as deforestation pledges, national emissions reduction commitments, and the implementation of mandatory legislation on reporting standards are implemented in the near future, then this scenario might change,” the statement said.

” Even so, there’s a lot of inertia based on past climate events and human actions, so damages are likely. Even if we achieve net-zero tomorrow the physical risk of physical harm is already in our system because of past actions .”

Bassi stated that governments and businesses cannot afford to ignore the impact climate change has on their physical assets. He said that you don’t have to be a climate scientist in order to grasp this powerful image. It makes a global problem more relatable at a local level. My city will look like this… unless I take action.

“Cervest’s climate-backed Climate Intelligence allows for a view across connected assets at multiple scales. These insights allow for decisions to be made over multiple time frames, climate hazards, and emission scenarios. Pinpointing where we are most vulnerable is t

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