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.

On behalf of the partners of the Navigating a Changing Climate initiative, we would like to sincerely thank the ports who have responded to our survey created to improve understanding of the consequences and costs of extreme meteorological and/or oceanographic events. We already have nearly…
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Putting Nature to Work: Integrating Green and Gray Infrastructure for Water Security and Climate Resilience.  A great new report from World Bank - very much in line with PIANC's Working with Nature philosophy and with the 'integrated solutions' theme in…
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A new report from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research suggests that climate models are underestimating the full severity of extreme weather events, but that water cycle impacts (such as river water levels) are among the more reliably projected…
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Wednesday, 10 October 2018 22:13

New IPCC special report - a wake up call!

A new report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) contains some stark messages.  It is no longer considered that limiting warming to 2 degrees above pre-industrial levels is the ‘safe’ maximum – rather warming must be limited to…
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Great to see climate change issues figuring prominently on the programme of the World Canals Conference being held in Ireland next week (10th - 12th September in Athlone).  The first keynote, by Catherine Sheridan, is on Building Resilience: Climate, Risk, and…
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A new publication by the Dutch Environmental Assessment Agency provides useful, and potentially worrying, food for thought for the waterborne transport sector.  The 'Geography of Future Water Challenges' explains and illustrates the global implications of climate change for water-related disasters…
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The European Joint Research Centre has published two studies that identify an unprecedented coastal flood risk unless timely climate change adaptation measures are taken.  The studies highlight that without such measures: - average annual coastal flood damage in Europe could increase…
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A paper in the journal Nature Communications describes a new mathematical model that predicts average global surface air temperature.  For 2018–2022, the probabilistic forecast using this system indicates a warmer than normal period with an associated increased likelihood of intense…
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A large proportion of the Leeds-Liverpool canal, an important recreational boating waterway, is closing - potentially for many weeks - because of drought conditions in Northern England.  See https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-10835222 
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Some interesting preliminary analysis on the role of climate change in the current European heatwave at https://www.worldweatherattribution.org 
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