SUPERSLR - Stanford University's Project on Engineering Responses to Sea Level Rise

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Case Studies

Case Study Location Author Summary
Long Beach, Ca USANathan ChaseThis case study includes the complete background section and has the most thorough description of the Project. The port of Long Beach and the Port of LA are adjacent ports and together they account for almost half of the shipping volume in the US.
Bremenports, Germany Henning Roedel The Port of Bremerhaven and the Port of Bremen were grouped together because of their proximity and their shared management and they are 2 of the 3 largest ports in Germany. The entire area is subject to flooding by the North Sea and Weser River. This is the only case study that signified that there is currently a plan to improve the protection for the port from sea level rise.
New Orleans, La USAMarieta HansenThe Port of New Orleans is the gateway to the Mississippi River and it is the only deepwater port in the US served by six Class I railroads. This port is unique in its location upriver and its vulnerability to flooding from storms.
Auckland, New ZealandJessica HinojosaThe port of Auckland accounts for 37% of New Zealand’s shipping volume. The port is also working to improve efficiency and support environmental measures.
Houston-Galveston, Tx USAClare ThiekeThis case study is unique in that it focuses on the vulnerability of two ports, Houston and Galveston, and considers protection strategies to protect the ports independently, or as one. Although wave height is relatively low, the frequent occurrence of hurricanes and tropical storms puts these ports at even greater risk as the sea level rises.
Corpus Christi, Tx USANick Mc IntyreSimilar to the case study of the Houston-Galveston, it is evident that storm surges are a major concern for Corpus Christi due to its location in the Gulf of Mexico, even though it is somewhat protected by the sparsely inhabited barrier island, Mustang Island. One unique aspect is the city’s relatively high elevation in comparison with other Gulf Coast port cities.
New York-New Jersey, USADavison VivitThe port of New York and New Jersey is a difficult port to protect, due to the spread-out nature of the port infrastructure. There are officially 7 different ports in this region. To add to the complexity, there are also four rivers and four bays in the port area. This port is also subject to frequent hurricanes and tropical storms.
Channai, IndiaKristen LenceThe port of Channai is relatively shallow, with few natural or engineered defenses, making it vulnerable to storm surges and tsunamis. One additional factor this case study brings up is the carbon emissions from the construction of the dike. It is worth considering the impacts on global climate change that the protection strategies will contribute.
Calloa, PeruAdam PearsonThe offshore island called Isla San Lorenzo protects the port of Calloa. Because of this protection, the port is reasonably protected from storm surges. But this region is not free from natural disasters; there have been three major earthquakes that have caused severe devastation for the port.
Alexandria, EgyptBjorn RoachThe Port of Alexandria is unique because in order to effectively protect the port, the rest of the Nile Delta coast (and possibly even more of coastline) should be protected as well. The images showing the effects of even 1m SLR are dramatic and cover vast areas of land in the coastal region.

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