Coastal Climate Adaptation

The UK’s 25 Year Environment PlanNational Adaptation Programme and evolving national Flood and Coastal Erosion Management Strategy are all built on the premise of building resilience to climate change. Further to this, the recent UK climate projections (UKCP18) highlighted that sea levels are rising.

So, if sea levels are rising, our coastal towns, ports and harbours must all be in danger, right?

Ports are a critical component of the global and national economies. For example, over 95% of imports and exports by volume, and 75% by value pass through the UK’s ports. Furthermore, the growth of many emerging industries is dependent on the efficient operation of these crucial hubs.

On 7 March 2019, the UK Government announced, through the Offshore Wind Sector Deal, ambitious plans for 30% of UK electricity to be generated from offshore wind by 2030. This huge growth in offshore developments will only be possible if it is supported by a robust UK port infrastructure.

Read the British Port Association’s reaction to the deal here.

Copernicus programme

On behalf of the European Union’s Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S) implemented by ECMWF, we have applied our metocean risk management software, ForeCoast Marine®, to ports and harbours to specifically look at climate risk assessment.

Working with the Port of Tyne in South Shields, we looked to assess the impact of climate change on the port’s current and future operations. Will sea level rise have a positive or negative impact on the port? How will the port be able to develop in the future?

Click on the case study below to explore these aspects and more.

Now the first stages of the C3S are coming to a close, we hope to commence a new C3S contract. This will seek to extend the work we conducted in Tyne to ports in developing countries, many of whom may not have the resources to plan for climate change and are often more vulnerable to it.

ForeCoast® Marine

Principally focused on offshore wind developments, construction and maintenance, ForeCoast® Marine has been applied to many different sites and enables operational strategies to be optimised throughout the lifetime of a project. From early concept to designing and optimizing construction and O&M strategies, through to managing day-to-day metocean risks.

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Want to know more?

Email Martin Williams for more information on how our work can help you and for further details on the Port of Tyne project. You can also find out more on our Marine and coastal risk management web pages.

Read more about UKCP18 in our blog series.

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