CLIMATE CHANGE ADAPTATION
preparing city ports for the consequences
of climate change
ANTICIPATING THE CONSEQUENCES OF CLIMATE CHANGE FOR RIVER OR MARITIME CITY PORTS
Including joint City Port measures to prevent inundation and flooding of the port and connecting infrastructure in strategic planning documents, and through a suitable land management policy.
Promoting the renaturalisation of river banks and coastline to slow erosion and the impacts of extreme storm events.
Introducing an early warning system to reduce the human and economic consequences of exceptional climatic phenomena.
Considering other climatic changes, such as the consequences of drought and high temperatures, on port systems, supply chains, and labor.
Making resilience and carbon neutrality a priority in the design and operation of City Port installations with the use of the latest technologies in emissions reduction and CO2 capture/storage.
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The Climate Ready Boston report, carried out in 2016, predicted that sea levels could rise by 9 inches (22.86 cm) by 2030 as compared with their 2000 levels, by 21 inches (53.34 cm) in 2050 and by 36 inches (91.44 cm) in 2070. In October 2017, the City unveiled an action plan to tackle the problem and provide short and long term protection for the waterfront areas most at risk.
Proposed solutions include the creation of public spaces to increase the amount of permeable land area, or raising the level of roads, parks, squares and promenades. The measures would also help mitigate other effects of climate change, such as heavy rain or extreme heat.
Port of San Diego [USA]
The Port of San Diego published in 2019 the Sea Level Rise Vulnerability Assessment and Coastal Resiliency Report. Besides assessing the impact of sea level rise on the coastal region, it also presents the adaptation planning and strategy implementation. Among the different measures, the port of San Diego decided to install 72 Econcrete tide pools to provide ecological protection and stabilize the shoreline, while contributing to the regeneration of the local ecosystem. The innovative material is made with a low carbon concrete mixture, combined with bio-enhancing additives, contributing to reduce the ecological footprint of the port, while granting the protection of the shoreline against extreme weather. At the same time, these pools would be visible for visitors who will be able to check the sea life that will inhabit the new structure. The project is a three-year pilot and is the eight initiative of the port’s Blue Economy Incubator, supporting innovative business that benefit the whole port city community.