04 Mar 2013
05 Mar 2013
Brussels (BE)

Sea ports and climate change: JRC workshop on risk assessment

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.

Venue

  Management Centre Europe (MCE), Room CD
  Rue de L'Aqueduc 118 - B-1050 – Brussels, Belgium

Programme

Presentations

Day I

Introduction

 

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

 

Day II

Session III (continued)

 

Session IV: Regional and global perspectives

 

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