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Ports and Maritime Economy

The primary task of the focus topic „Ports and Maritime Economy“ is to investigate long- term “climate-proof” investments in ports, ship construction and related infrastructure facilities. Anticipated climate change impacts will be analyzed on the basis of future socio-economic scenarios and subsequently, adaptation strategies will be developed in cooperation with economic stakeholders of the regions and implemented in the appropriate projects.

The changes anticipated in seawater levels, sea swells, currents as well as the transport of sediment due to climate change may substantially affect specific shipping routes and thus their economic performance, which in turn may require technological changes in the design and construction of ships.
Accordingly, maritime ports (i. e. Kiel, Lübeck-Travemünde, and Rostock) may also have to develop adaptation measures in regard to port infrastructure and flood control as well as safety measures and safety facilities. Additional, indirect effects on ports are also possible through changes in the movement patterns of tourists as well as the use of and competition with ports for land adjacent to shores.
The subproject is expected to contribute to regional adaptation to climate change through the:

The focus network “Ports and Maritime Economy” can build upon existing bodies and networks such as the Maritime Cluster Schleswig-Holstein, the Maritime Forum Kiel, the Baltic Sea Marina Association (Marina Verbund Ostsee), the annual Marine Environment Symposium of the Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency of Germany in cooperation with the Federal Environment Agency and the Federal Agency for Nature Conservation on behalf of Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety, the committee for Coastal Protection (“Küstenschutzwerke”) of the German Geotechnical Society (HTG/DGGT), and the Center for Maritime Safety and Security Rostock.
International affiliations include the Baltic Ports Organisation (BPO) and the Permanent International Association of Navigation Congresses (PIANC) Expert Group 3, Climate Change and Navigation.

Institut für ökologische Wirtschaftsforschung (IÖW), GmbH, gemeinnützig
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Potsdamer Str. 105
PLZ, Ort: 
10785 Berlin
Contact person: 
Dr. Jesko Hirschfeld