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 Navigating a Changing Climate Partnerships 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.

A PIANC seminar and workshop (co-promoted by CEDA) in March 2016 about climate change adaptation for ports and navigation infrastructure.  Recorded presentations are available online from the following links;  Introduction  Future-proofing ports and shipping  Climate change adaptation: engaging stakeholders and…
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Thursday, 06 October 2016 11:28

Tide Dampening Project in Kreetsand

To damp the consequences of a rising tide in the River Elbe, the HPA builds an additional floating area -- a status on the construction side in Kreetsand.
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PLANNING PORTS FOR CHANGING MEAN AND EXTREME WATER LEVELS Change in mean sea level, being a long-term process, is an effect of climate change which will have an influence in coastal areas over this century and potentially beyond. For existing…
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Working Technical Paper - Transport: Inland Waterways, Ports and Marine Infrastructure in the UK A Climate Change Report Card for Infrastructure   The port and harbour sector is characterised by variety. The activities of each port or harbour determine the nature…
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#NavClimate spoke to James Trimmer from the Port of London Authority.
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Thursday, 22 September 2016 15:21

#NavClimate Interview: Mekong River Commission

#NavClimate spoke to Ton Nu Thi Thanh Yen from the Mekong River Commission.
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Friday, 07 October 2016 17:42

Case Study: Port of Manzanillo

Port of Manzanillo: Climate Risk Management The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has partnered with API Manzanillo on a Technical Cooperation to promote sustainability practices at the port. Recognising the potential significance of climate change to ports, this Technical Cooperation includes…
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New oyster reef in Charlotte Harbor to protect against storm surge! Better fishing and protection against storm surge are on the way to Charlotte Harbor as the Nature Conservancy helps to put in a brand new oyster reef.
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Wednesday, 19 October 2016 11:18

Functional Resilience of Port Environs

Functional resilience of port environs in a changing climate – Assets and operations  Work Package 2 of Enhancing the resilience of seaports to a changing climate report series. Published by the National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility 2013
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Integrating ecosystems in resilience practice: Criteria for Ecosystem-Smart Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation Information and download link can be found here.  The integration of ecosystems and natural resource management in disaster risk reduction (DRR) has been largely overlooked to…
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