Climate change adaptation guidelines for ports, Enhancing the resilience of seaports to a changing climate

Media type: 
Reports
Author/s: 
Helen Scott
Darryn McEvoy
Prem Chhetri
Fatima Basic
Jane Mullett
Institution/s: 
RMIT University
Year: 
2013

The project 'Climate resilient seaports' produced five reports that collectively generate technical, policy and operational recommendations for enhancing the resilience of Australian seaports to a changing climate. 

  • Research synthesis: provides a synthesis of the entire research project, including policy and related recommendations for adaptation;
  • Adaptation guidelines: identifies priorities for operational decision-making about climate change adaptation for seaports;
  • Understanding future risks: provides a technical analysis about future climate and non-climate risks likely to affect port operations;
  • Functional resilience: provides a technical analysis about logistic and related factors that may affect the resilience of seaports in a changing climate, and
  • Structural resilience: provides a technical analysis about structural factors that may affect the resilience of seaports in a changing climate.
Climate change adaptation guidelines for ports

This adaptation guidance document distils some of the key research findings from each of the project work packages in support of climate change adaptation decision-making. It is important to recognise that identifying risk is not a purely quantitative evaluation; it also involves qualitative decisions about the importance of the identified risks and which risks should be taken into account. Due to cascading impacts, it is also appropriate for ports to consider risks in partnership with key logistics providers and / or local governments. It is intended that these insights can inform and strengthen individual site-specific port assessments, and be used to test the assumptions held by ports.

Please cite as: 
Scott, H, McEvoy, D, Chhetri, P, Basic, F & Mullett, J 2013, Climate change adaptation guidelines for ports. Enhancing the resilience of seaports to a changing climate report series, National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility, Gold Coast, 28 pp.

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