Earth Sciences Contribution to the Sustainable Development of Ground Transportation Systems: Relevant Case Studies in Central Europe
Our society — our way of life — depends on a complex network of infrastructure systems: e.g. the lifelines that provide transportation and communication services, a supply of energy and fresh water, and the disposal of wastewater and waste products. Among the oldest of these lifelines are our transportation systems — highways, railroads, mass transit, ports, waterways, and airports. The recent political changes and running processes of globalisation in Europe motivate the priority given to sustainable development, e.g. sustainable transport and its interaction with human activities. In the European Union, total spending in the transport sector now runs, according to current estimates, at some 11 000 billion, or 10% of gross domestic product . The recent results, obtained from the European transport research programme, concern enforcement of traffic rules, driver behaviour, passive safety , but not preparedness to meet a natural disaster (e.g. earthquakes, landslides, floods). A key policy target is to implement a new road safety action programme improving road user and road infrastructure safety. Attention has been paid to safety during road design, construction and maintenance and urban safety management schemes as well, but not to the natural hazards.
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