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28 June 2022 – Dealing with climate change uncertainties and making the case to adapt

Date: 28 June 2022
Time: 14:00 – 17:30 BST (GMT+1)
Location: Institution of Civil Engineers, One Great George Street, Westminster, London, SW1P 3AA, United Kingdom

Climate change adaptation is now high on the agenda for many ports and waterways, but there remain challenges in implementation, particularly in accommodating the many uncertainties encountered.

This half-day technical seminar will introduce the recent PIANC technical note on Managing Climate Change Uncertainties in Selecting, Designing and Evaluating Options for Resilient Navigation Infrastructure[1]. The seminar will also:

  • Present international case studies on the application of climate change scenarios, and on the need to prepare for unprecedented conditions
  • Summarise the results of a recent survey on the costs and consequences of extreme weather events for ports, and
  • Explore how and why port and waterway operators should make the business case for investment in adaptation and strengthened resilience.


14:00 – 14:05hrs
Welcome to ICE.
PIANC UKC representative

Session 1: Accommodating climate change uncertainties in adaptation decision-making

14:05 – 14:20hrs
Dealing with climate change uncertainties: an introduction to the recent PIANC PTGCC Technical Note.
Jan Brooke. Chair, PIANC Permanent Task Group on Climate Change

14:20 – 14:35hrs
Practical options for using climate change scenarios to inform the design and operational decisions.
Brian Joyner, Moffat and Nichol, USA

14:35 – 14:50hrs
Preparing for the unprecedented, including cascading failures: a case study from the Parana-Paraguay waterway.
Gerardo Bessone, Port of Bahia Blanca, Argentina

14:50 – 15:05hrs
Adopting adaptive and flexible solutions.
Ingrid Lambert, RH-DHV, The Netherlands

15:05 – 15:25hrs

15:25 – 15:50hrs

Session 2: Informing the business case for adaptation

15:50 – 16:05hrs
Making the case to adapt: an overview of session topic.
Jan Brooke. Chair, PIANC Permanent Task Group on Climate Change

16:05 – 16:20hrs
Extreme weather costs and consequences for ports: survey outcomes.
Rhona Macdonald / Antonis Michail, International Association of Ports and Harbors

16:20 – 16:35hrs
Making the case to adapt: Port of London case study.
James Trimmer, Director of Planning and Development, Port of London Authority, UK

16:35 – 16:50hrs
Making the case to adapt: an insurance industry perspective.
Christian Wertli, Head Infrastructure Solutions, SwissRe

16:50 – 17:15hrs

Session ends



To register to this in-person event, go to Dealing with climate change uncertainties and making the case to adapt | Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) on the ICE website.

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