Duncan McIntosh and Austin Becker publish book chapter on Seaport Climate Vulnerability

Marine Affairs PhD candidate Duncan McIntosh has co-authored a book chapter with Professor Austin Becker, investigating the state of the science of climate-assessment applied to seaports; “Seaport Climate Vulnerability Assessment at the Multi-port Scale: A Review of Approaches.” This work appears in the book, “Resilience and Risk,” which is part of the “NATO Science for Peace and Security Series C: Environmental Security” book series.


In the face of climate change impacts projected over the coming century, seaport decision makers have the responsibility to manage risks for a diverse array of stakeholders and enhance seaport resilience against climate and weather impacts. At the single port scale, decision makers such as port managers may consider the uninterrupted functioning of their port the number one priority. But, at the multi-port (regional or national) scale, policy-makers will need to prioritize competing port climate-adaptation needs in order to maximize the efficiency of limited physical and financial resources and maximize the resilience of the marine transportation system as a whole. This chapter provides an overview of a variety of approaches that set out to quantify various aspects of seaport vulnerability. It begins with discussion of the importance of a “multi-port” approach to complement the single case study approach more commonly applied to port assessments. It then addresses the components of climate vulnerability assessments and provides examples of a variety of approaches. Finally, it concludes with recommendations for next steps.

The book, published by Springer on 3 August 2017, is available by clicking here.