Climate change is expected to increase risks for the transport sector and the infrastructures it relies on. Sea level rise will affect sea ports and their hinterland connections. Changes in weather conditions (temperature, precipitation, wind) and in extreme water levels (sea storm surges, wave climate) could also represent new risks for sea port infrastructures and activities.
European Commission's White Paper on "Adapting to climate change: Towards a European framework" and the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) are demanding an assessment of future climate induced risks, and specifically large scale risk assessments for sea ports.
For this purpose, the Joint Research Centre's Institute for Prospective Technological Studies of the European Commission (JRC/IPTS) organised a workshop gathering stakeholders and field experts. The workshop reviewed the scientific, technical feasibility and resource needs to conduct risk assessments for sea ports and climate change both at individual port level and large scale.
Management Centre Europe (MCE), Room CD
Rue de L'Aqueduc 118 - B-1050 – Brussels, Belgium
Session I: The current circumstances and future prospect for Sea Ports
Session II: Scientific and engeenering background for the assessment of Sea Ports exposure to risk
Session III: Assessing future risk and adaptation needs - lessons from case studies
Session III (continued)
Session IV: Regional and global perspectives