Climate change adaptation for ports and navigation infrastructure, London

7 March, 2016 | 09:15 - 17:30

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About this event

Please note: this event is now fully booked. Please contact Katherine Coldwell at: Katherine.Coldwell@ice.org.uk if you wish to be placed on a reserve list and/or would be interested in attending a similar regional event in future.

PIANC participated in the COP21 transport-related side events, representing the 'Think Climate' coalition (see www.pianc.org/thinkclimate.php) in the discussions on adaptation as well as mitigation.

These highlighted the challenges and opportunities associated with both strengthening the resilience of port and navigation infrastructure, and adapting infrastructure to the changing climate. The COP21 side-events also demonstrated that some of the countries and organisations likely to be hit hardest by climate change are the least well-resourced to adapt.

In this context, it is vital for the navigation sector at an international level to work together, to share experiences, to build capacity, and to facilitate solutions. Structural and non-structural measures are needed; adaptation needs to be institutional as well as physical.

PIANC's Working Group 178 is currently preparing a technical guidance document to help the owners, operators and users of waterborne transport infrastructure adapt to climate change. By providing a platform for discussion and for the sharing of information, this seminar/workshop is intended both to contribute to the work of Working Group 178 and to help raise awareness in the wider sector.

Please see the 'Draft programme' tab for more information.

Registration details

Whilst PIANC and CEDA will provide teas and coffees, participants are expected to make their own arrangements for lunch.

The Institution of Civil Engineers has a Café Bar and there are also several sandwich shops and similar within a ten minute walk of the Institution. Our lunch break is deliberately early to allow workshop participants to beat the lunchtime rush.

Attendance is on a first-come-first served basis so your early registration would be appreciated.

However, there is a limit on numbers. You will therefore be contacted 10 days before the event and asked to re-confirm your participation.

If you register but subsequently find you are unable to attend, please make the Secretariat aware so that your place can be offered to somebody else.

To reserve your place at this PIANC-CEDA 'climate change adaptation' seminar and workshop, please book online.

Contact

Please note: this event is now fully booked. Please contact Katherine Coldwell at: Katherine.Coldwell@ice.org.uk if you wish to be placed on a reserve list and/or would be interested in attending a similar regional event in future.

If you have any difficulties booking please contact Pauline Arundel at pauline.arundel@ice.org.uk.

Event materials

The following materials are available for download:

Draft Programme

The draft programme for this event is shown below, and most speakers are confirmed.

Interpreting the climate science

Understanding climate change projections at the coast. Keynote speaker: Prof. Iñigo Losada, Coordinating Lead Author IPCC AR5 report Chapter 5: Coastal Systems and Low-lying Areas. Institute of Environmental Hydraulics, University of Cantabria, Spain.

Where do I start? Navigating climate data to begin the adaptation process. Adam Hosking, Global Technology Leader with CH2M.

Using climate science in the strategic planning process. Geoff Darch, Head of Climate Risks and Adaptation, and Vice Chair of the Futures Programme at Atkins.

Facilitated group discussion session: Communicating the climate science.

Identifying and assessing the risks

Risk assessment for climate change adaptation: key messages. Keynote speaker: Richenda Connell, CTO and Co-Founder, Acclimatise

Engaging stakeholders and building capacity. Jan Brooke, Environmental Consultant and UK representative on PIANC's Permanent Task Group on Climate Change

Assessing the risks of climate change for an existing structure: Lessons learned from Howth East Pier, Ireland. Susana Lizondo, Senior Maritime Engineer, Arup

Facilitated group discussion session: Climate change risk assessment; facilitating understanding.

Resilience and adaptation solutions

Future-proofing ports and shipping: UK, Europe and the world. Peter Hunter, Technical Director (Engineering) HR Wallingford

Developing solutions in the face of uncertainty: the role of adaptive management. Charles Haine, Sustainability Advisor, RH-DHV

Benefits of site specific data in developing engineering solutions to climate change events. Adeniyi Aje and Ahmad Khattab, WSP|Parsons Brinckerhoff

Climate change resilience for inland waterways: the Canal & River Trust approach. Adam Comerford, National Hydrology Manager, Canal & River Trust.

Facilitated group discussion session: Responding to the challenge; transferable experience.

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