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dc.contributor.authorSánchez-Arcilla Conejo, Agustín
dc.contributor.authorSierra Pedrico, Juan Pablo
dc.contributor.authorBrown, Sally
dc.contributor.authorCasas-Prat, Mercè
dc.contributor.authorNicholls, Robert J.
dc.contributor.authorLionello, Piero
dc.contributor.authorConte, Dario
dc.contributor.otherUniversitat Politècnica de Catalunya. Departament d'Enginyeria Civil i Ambiental
dc.identifier.citationSanchez-Arcilla, A., Sierra, J.P., Brown, S., Casas-Prat, M., Nicholls, R.J., Piero Lionello, Conte, D. A review of potential physical impacts on harbours in the Mediterranean Sea under climate change. "Regional environmental change", Desembre 2016, vol. 16, núm. 8, p. 2471-2484.
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dc.description.abstractThe potential impact of climate change on port operations and infrastructures has received much less attention than the corresponding impact for beach systems. However, ports have always been vulnerable to weather extremes and climate change could enhance such occurrences at timescales comparable to the design lifetime of harbour engineering structures. The analysis in this paper starts with the main climatic variables affecting harbour engineering and exploitation. It continues with a review of the available projections for such variables first at global scale and then at a regional scale (Catalan coast in the western Mediterranean) as a study case for similar environments in the planet. The detailed assessment of impacts starts from downscaled projections for mean sea level and wave storms (wind not considered in the paper). This is followed by an analysis of the port operations and infrastructure performance that are relevant from a climate perspective. The key climatic factors here considered are relative sea level, wave storm features (height, period, direction and duration) and their combined effect, which is expected to produce the highest impacts. The paper ends with a discussion and some examples of analyses aiming at port adaptation to future climate change.
dc.format.extent14 p.
dc.subjectÀrees temàtiques de la UPC::Enginyeria civil::Enginyeria hidràulica, marítima i sanitària::Ports i costes
dc.subject.otherClimate change
dc.titleA review of potential physical impacts on harbours in the Mediterranean Sea under climate change
dc.subject.lemacPorts -- Catalunya
dc.contributor.groupUniversitat Politècnica de Catalunya. LIM/UPC - Laboratori d'Enginyeria Marítima
dc.description.peerreviewedPeer Reviewed
dc.rights.accessOpen Access
dc.description.versionPostprint (author's final draft)
dc.relation.projectidinfo:eu-repo/grantAgreement/EC/FP7/603396/EU/Responses to coastal climate change: Innovative Strategies for high End Scenarios -Adaptation and Mitigation-/RISES-AM-
upcommons.citation.authorSanchez-Arcilla, A., Sierra, J.P., Brown, S., Casas-Prat, M., Nicholls, R.J., Piero Lionello, Conte, D.
upcommons.citation.publicationNameRegional environmental change

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