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Climate change and the adaptation strategies of ports: The Australian experiences


Ng, AKY and Chen, S and Cahoon, S and Brooks, BP and Yang, Z, Climate change and the adaptation strategies of ports: The Australian experiences, Research in Transportation Business & Management, 8 pp. 186-194. ISSN 2210-5395 (2013) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1016/j.rtbm.2013.05.005


Being nodal points along supply chains, ports affected by climate change would create substantial costs to the global economy and welfare, and thus it is extremely important to ensure that ports can develop effective adaptation strategies. However, there are many uncertainties, as the dynamics between climate change and ports can diversify between different regions. Against this background, through exploratory case studies of four ports in Australia, this paper investigates climate change and the adaptation strategies of ports, with a special focus on port infrastructures and the day-to-day operational impacts. Research findings indicate that, while port managers recognize climate change as an issue which requires closer attention, adaptation strategies have remained segregated and piecemeal. This highlights the fact that effective adaptation solutions are not just about physical layouts and engineering projects, but the need to fundamentally transform the current management and planning practices of ports. It is a timely reminder to port policymakers and managers on the need to refine how effective decisions should be made for the challenges posed by climate changes in the future. In this regard, further research on this topic is urgently required.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Climate change; adaptation strategies; Ports; Australia
Research Division:Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
Research Group:Transportation, logistics and supply chains
Research Field:Transportation, logistics and supply chains not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Transport
Objective Group:Water transport
Objective Field:Port infrastructure and management
UTAS Author:Chen, S (Associate Professor Peggy Chen)
UTAS Author:Cahoon, S (Associate Professor Stephen Cahoon)
UTAS Author:Brooks, BP (Associate Professor Benjamin Brooks)
ID Code:85142
Year Published:2013
Deposited By:NC Ports and Shipping
Deposited On:2013-06-17
Last Modified:2018-03-20

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