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The European ECCLIPSE project will help ports in the SUDOE region to minimise the effects of climate change on their infrastructures and operations

Valencia - 05.12.19. The European project ECCLIPSE - Assessment of climate change in ports in Southwestern Europe, led by the Fundación Valenciaport, co-financed by the European Commission through the Interreg V-B Programme Southwest Europe and in which the Port Authority of Valencia also participates, started last October with the main objective of analysing the impact of climate change in ports, developing tools and early forecasting models to provide a deeper understanding of its impact at local scale. It will also contribute to raising awareness of the impact of climate change and will define transnational strategies for prevention, adaptation and action in the SUDOE region that can minimise their effects.

Ports are key elements of the international transport system. Given their location, both their infrastructures and their operations are affected by the maritime climate and by the impact that climate change can have on them, such as new wave conditions, increased sea levels, floods, storms, heatwaves, etc.

In this regard, ports in the SUDOE region (southwestern Europe) are faced with the important challenge of adapting to the effects of climate change in the region they are located. Ensuring port operations under these changing conditions requires a deeper understanding of climate change on a local scale to design suitable adaptation strategies, compared to the present models, which, given their global perspective and long-range forecast are not effective for decision-making.

The ECCLIPSE project will define a common methodology for analysing the impacts of climate change and its effects on the maritime-port environment. To this end, the main climatic risks will be analysed and it will be identified which infrastructures and operational ones may be affected by these impacts. In addition, climate change scenarios and their local effects on the port environment will be identified. The final step will be to draw up a strategy for adapting to the effects of climate change, including a risk prevention plan and proposal of measures and protocols for action in the event of alerts.

The project consortium is made up of the Fundación Valenciaport (coordinator), four technological partners: Spanish Ports Authority, Hidromod, Cerema and the Foundation for Climate Research, and three ports: Valencia, Aveiro and Bordeaux. In these ports, awareness days and pilots of the tools developed will be organised to analyse the main climatic variables affected and their impacts.