IHNC Lake Borgne Surge Barrer Photo: Team New Orleans / CC-BY

The Inner Harbor Navigation Canal Lake Borgne Surge Barrier was completed in 2013 near the confluence of and across the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway and the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet near New Orleans. Designed to defend against a 100-yr storm surge, the 1,8-mile long flood wall includes three navigable flood gates. Organic material dredged during construction was deposited in nearby wetland habitats to enhance environmental conditions.

Adaptation of inland and maritime navigation infrastructure

We believe it is time to stop using uncertainty as an excuse for inaction. The evidence is unequivocal. Climate change is happening. Adaptation of inland and maritime navigation infrastructure is vital, and the time to act is now.

The agreement reached at the COP21 meetings in Paris in December 2015 to limit warming to less than two degrees represented a significant step for the international community. Notwithstanding this agreement, however, climate scientists are in general agreement that the world is already locked in to further change in key climate parameters. If we fail to achieve the less than two degrees goal, things will get worse still.

The Think Climate coalition partners believe that it is time to stop using uncertainty as a reason for inaction. Scientific evidence is unequivocal: the climate is changing. Adaptation of navigation infrastructure is vital, and the time to act is now.

In addition to contributing to mitigation, it is therefore vital for the sector to coordinate globally and act locally to adapt waterborne transport infrastructure and the operations that depend on it to the changing climate; and to strengthen resilience – in turn reducing the vulnerability of the sector to more frequent extreme events. Such action will be vital to ensure navigational safety, to reduce downtime and protect business continuity.

In February 2017 a new climate change adaptation initiative was launched. The Global Centre of Excellence on Climate Adaptation, an initiative of The Netherlands, Japan and UN Environment is intended to contribute to building a climate resilient world. The PIANC-led…
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Tuesday, 14 February 2017 11:46

Jan De Nul Group

Who we are Innovation, expertise and sustainability. The corner stones of Jan De Nul Group’s success. Jan De Nul Group is a leading expert in dredging and marine construction activities, as well as in specialized services for the offshore industry…
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This is why a shift to low carbon matters! According to a new JRC report, a 4°C global warming will mean that countries representing more than 70% of the global population and global GDP could face increases in flood risk of more than 500%.  Read…
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In a Press Release issued on 30th January 2017, Fijian Prime Minister Bainimarama identified Fiji’s priorities for the forthcoming COP23 negotiations: climate adaptation finance; effective monitoring of adherence to the Paris Agreement; and the objectives of the Climate Action Agenda…
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The end of 2016 and early 2017 saw several organisations sign up as new supporters of the Navigating a Changing Climate initiative, including: - Acclimatise, a specialist consulting, communications and digital application company - ARUP, independent firm of designers, planners,…
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A new UK Government report identifies the six priority risk areas for adaptation research and action over the next five years … and there is plenty of evidence of climate change potentially affecting transport, infrastructure, and coastal areas generally. These…
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Thursday, 26 January 2017 14:30

Ramboll

Ramboll provides world-leading consultancy in all areas of port, coastal and marine engineering, and operation services. We assist clients throughout the navigational infrastructure lifecycle and have over 100 dedicated port and marine specialists. Our proven track record includes more than…
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Reflecting the uncertainty over the implications of the Trump presidency for greenhouse gas emissions, there are some worrying observations from @UNDispatch in their article '5 International Climate Stories to Watch in 2017'.  Such concerns can only emphasise the urgency of…
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Deltares, an independent institute for applied research in the field of water and subsurface, has signed up as a supporter of the Navigating a Changing Climate initiative.
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The PIANC-led Think Climate coalition is pleased to announce a major international climate change conference dedicated to the interests of waterborne transport infrastructure owners, operators and user. Climate change is an important and growing focus of attention. The Paris Agreement on…
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