Dublin data center operators warned of coastal flooding risks linked to climate change

Data center operators in Dublin are urged to pay close attention to climate change forecasts which suggest thousands of buildings – including power stations – in the Irish city could be at high risk from coastal flooding in coming years.

That’s according to data shared by climate tech firm Cervest, which used the Dublin climate summit this week to release a 3D data visualization of a “business as usual” climate scenario that suggests large swaths of of the city could be threatened up to 1.7 meters. floods by 2100.

“Damaged areas will include businesses, private properties and energy providers,” the company said in a statement.

“It reinforces the importance of keeping global warming to a minimum and that the places we know and take for granted as ‘permanent settlements’ are now part of a fragile, interconnected system that is being transformed by change. climate.”

Its predictions show that, without outside intervention, more than 8,500 buildings in Dublin’s central area could be destroyed by coastal flooding, including power stations, which could lead to widespread and indirect disruption of data centers located in the city. Greater Dublin area, as well as everything in the central area, Cervest CEO Iggy Bassi warned in a statement to Computer Weekly.

“Sea level rise is poised to cause significant damage and disruption to data centers in Dublin and elsewhere, creating outages, significant downtime and network-wide disruption” , did he declare.

“There are also the repercussions that will ripple through the network, affecting the business continuity of the critical telecommunications infrastructure that forms the backbone of our economy – the impacts of climate risks are felt across the entire network. , not just at the physically affected site.

As previously reported by Computer Weekly, demand for data center capacity in and around Dublin has soared in recent years, fueled primarily by growing demand for server capacity from public cloud and internet giants. So much so that the market is now considered one of the largest in Europe.

“To be truly prepared, data center managers need to have a unified view of all climate risks,” Bassi said. “That includes flooding, but there are also other stresses, like heat waves, that need to be considered.”

On this point, the visualization shared at the summit only shows the impact that climate change-related coastal flooding will have on Dublin, but its creators said that other side effects of global warming – including extreme heat and wind – could also cause big problems for the region and its businesses too.

“If mitigation policies, such as meeting national emission reduction pledges, deforestation pledges and implementing mandatory legislation on reporting standards, are implemented in the near future, this scenario could change,” the statement added.

“Even so, there is already a lot of inertia in place based on past climate events and human actions and inactions, so damage is inevitable. Even if we hit net zero tomorrow, physical risk is already locked into our system due to past actions.

Because of this, Bassi said companies and governments can no longer afford to ignore the risk that climate change will have on physical assets. “You don’t have to be a climatologist to understand this powerful picture,” he said. “It makes a global issue relatable on a local level. My town is going to look like this…unless we act.

“Cervest’s science-backed climate intelligence enables a view of connected assets at multiple scales. With this information, decisions can be made across multiple timeframes, climate risks, and emissions scenarios. Identifying where we are most vulnerable is the first step to reducing our exposure to climate risk.

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