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Climate change impacts to ports and maritime supply chains

Maritime Policy & Management: Special Issue Call for Papers

Deadline: 1 May 2019

Over 3,700 maritime ports and their supply chains enable global and local commerce, fulfilling a wide variety of functions for the local, regional, and global economy. Many ports regularly experience natural hazard events and about a third of the world’s ports are located in areas prone to tropical storms. Climate change will likely amplify the impacts of future coastal hazards. Projected changes include an increase in the frequency and intensity of ‘extreme’ atmospheric events - shocks such as storms, heavy precipitation, and heat waves; as well as longer-term changes to climatic variables resulting in ‘slow onset’ changes like sea level rise, wave climatology, and sea-surface salinity (leading to higher rates of corrosion). There are many issues for ports and supply chains to address, including the development of new infrastructure or retrofit of existing infrastructure, the lack of clear incentives or leadership, the problem of resilience free-riders who benefit from the actions of other actors without paying their fair share, and more. Questions include:

  • Who will pay for resilience measures that benefit many stakeholders along a supply chain or in a community?
  • How will ports integrate climate planning with their strategic plans?
  • Where will climate-related bottlenecks occur in supply chains?
  • What can be expected for long-term consequences of sea level rise and other climate changes?

This special issue sets aside the question of mitigation of climate change and takes as its starting point that climate change is occurring, that it cannot be reversed in the near term. It explores the impacts of climate change on the private, public, and non-profit sectors that rely on or affect maritime commerce.


The topics included in this special issue include (but not limited to):

  • Case studies of ports impacted by recent hurricanes
  • Approaches to climate vulnerability assessment
  • Environmental, economic, and/or social impacts of climate change on port communities
  • The attitudes and perceptions of key decision makers
  • Barriers faced by decision makers in making resilience investments (and ways to overcome them)
  • The development of methods in assessing/modelling the costs and benefits adaptation on short and long time scales.
  • Government policies and initiatives for climate resilience
  • The legal aspects of climate adaptation

All submitted papers will be subject to the full peer-review process and the guidelines for special issues as requested by Maritime Policy & Management.

Maritime Policy & Management

Table of Contents for Maritime Policy & Management. List of articles from both the latest and ahead of print issues.

Language: en-US

Publisher: tandf

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Submission guidelines

Timetable and Milestones

December 1, 2018    Deadline for abstract submission (submit via email: abecker@uri.edu)
January 15, 2019      Notification of abstract acceptance
May 1, 2019               Deadline of submitting draft manuscript for peer-review (submit via ScholarOne)
August 1, 2019          Return of review reports to authors for revisions
October 1, 201 9       Submission of revised manuscript
January 1, 2020       Deadline of submitting final manuscript
Late 2019/Early 2020  Publication of the Special Issue

Further Inquiries

Please contact Austin Becker (Department of Marine Affairs, University of Rhode Island). Email: abecker@uri.edu

Editorial Information

  • Special Issue Guest Editor: Taisuke Masuda, Nagoya University, Japan
  • Special Issue Guest Editor: Shi Qing, Beijing Institute of Technology, China

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