7. Port development and Infrastructure
Convenors: Jim Hall, Lori Tavasszy, Tiedo Vellinga
Deltas are transport hubs. Goods from all over the world arrive in ports and are transported to the hinterland and vice versa. Ports, transport, energy, telecommunications and water supply infrastructure are crucial elements for deltas to remain prosperous. But they and their related industrial activities are vulnerable to climate change, in particular to flooding, as extreme events over the last few years has demonstrated.
The way in which such activities are vulnerable is an important issue, as surprises can have far reaching consequences further downstream in interdependent infrastructure networks. What can be done to make such systems less vulnerable needs to be explored more systematically. What is more effective in a specific situation: large scale area protection or small scale adaptation measures? How are preventive and post-disaster responsibilities organized? What can we learn from flooding experiences, that is relevant for delta infrastructure?
In this theme we will discuss the impacts of climate change on delta ports, transport infrastructure and utility networks, and strategies and measures to adapt to climate change.