Towards sustainable infrastructure with planned adaptation

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In the present turbulent environment, adaptability and robustness belong under the overarching definition of sustainability. Sustainable infrastructures should not only achieve economic, environmental, and social objectives, but should be robust and adaptable under uncertainty. This paper examines the current guidelines for port development and concludes that a comprehensive planning approach that systematically accounts for uncertainty during planning, to result in a sustainable plan, is missing. It proposes an approach for port planning based on planned adaptation. Case studies illustrating how planned adaptation can effectively help to deal with short- and long term vulnerabilities, and seize opportunities to come up with sustainable plans that are able to achieve economic, environmental, and social objectives for a long-term uncertain future, are presented.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 34th PIANC World Congress
Subtitle of host publicationPanama City, Panama 2018
Number of pages13
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Event34th PIANC World Congress - Panama, Panama
Duration: 7 May 201812 May 2018
Conference number: 34


Conference34th PIANC World Congress
Abbreviated titlePIANC 2018
OtherThe PIANC World Congress 2018 will present and discuss the most relevant topics to the waterborne transport infrastructure sector.
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  • Adaptive port planning
  • planned adaptation
  • flexibility
  • infrastructure planning
  • sustainable infrastructure
  • maritime port planning
  • uncertainty


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