Irish seaport sector in the context of its resource capabilities, adaptive capacity and responsiveness to climate change

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dc.contributor.advisor Devoy, Robert en
dc.contributor.advisor Cummins, Valerie en
dc.contributor.advisor Lyons, Donald en
dc.contributor.author O'Keeffe, Jane M.
dc.date.accessioned 2018-06-13T12:13:27Z
dc.date.available 2018-06-13T12:13:27Z
dc.date.issued 2018
dc.date.submitted 2018
dc.identifier.citation O'Keeffe, J. M. 2018. Irish seaport sector in the context of its resource capabilities, adaptive capacity and responsiveness to climate change. PhD Thesis, University College Cork. en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10468/6293
dc.description.abstract Seaports as critical shore-based infrastructure are particularly vulnerable to impacts such as sea level rise and increasing incidents of severe weather events. In excess of ninety percent of global trade by volume is transported by sea. In Ireland, seaports are of strategic importance to the national economy. As an island nation, ninety-eight percent of trade by volume comes through its seaports. Climate issues facing Irish ports include increasing storminess, such as the Atlantic storms experienced in the winter of 2014. Ireland provides a particularly valuable case study as the scale of Irish port sizes analysed in this research, range from 500,000 to 30 million throughput tonnage. This tonnage range, is more typical of port sizes globally, and adds relevance to the study. The specific objectives of this thesis are to establish the readiness of the seaport sector in Ireland to build adaptive capacity to respond to climate change and to assess lessons from and for Ireland in the context of international best practice. The research identified a lack of awareness and understanding of climate change amongst the sample population of seventy senior managers (comprising of national regulators and local authorities; commercial port harbour companies; and indigenous and multinational industries located in the port hinterland), as representatives of the maritime sector in Ireland. Evidence of a knowledge-gap was identified from in-depth semi-structured interviews conducted over a twelve month period. Many industry stakeholders were actually implementing adaptation measures within their organisational strategies, unaware of the explicit links with climate adaptation. en
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dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher University College Cork en
dc.rights © 2018, Jane M. O'Keeffe. en
dc.rights.uri http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/ en
dc.subject Adaptive capacity en
dc.subject Climate adaptation en
dc.subject Maritime industry en
dc.subject Stakeholder en
dc.subject Environmental management en
dc.subject Port sector en
dc.title Irish seaport sector in the context of its resource capabilities, adaptive capacity and responsiveness to climate change en
dc.type Doctoral thesis en
dc.type.qualificationlevel Doctoral en
dc.type.qualificationname PhD en
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dc.description.version Accepted Version
dc.contributor.funder University College Cork en
dc.contributor.funder Cork Institute of Technology en
dc.description.status Not peer reviewed en
dc.internal.school Geography en
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dc.check.opt-out Yes en
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dc.check.embargoformat Embargo not applicable (If you have not submitted an e-thesis or do not want to request an embargo) en
dc.internal.conferring Summer 2018 en
dc.relation.project University College Cork (Marine and Renewable Energy Ireland (MaREI) Centre) en


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