Storm resilience and sustainability at the Port of Providence, USA

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Sustainability trajectories provide a means to consider social capacity to guide interactions between nature, in this case hurricanes, and society. In Providence, RI, USA port stakeholders viewed a visualization of the impacts of a historical hurricane intensity on a slightly shifted path that resulted in an estimated water level of 6.4 m above NAVD 88. Port businesses representatives observed projected water elevation with respect to specific business facilities. Results from surveys and interviews of 15 businesses show that meeting, training, planning, and data back-up were common proactive measures; many had back-up generators; but few had flood and wind proofed buildings, elevated properties, or electrical systems. In Providence, port businesses have taken initial actions along the trajectory but lack the port-wide coordination of effective stakeholder actions that marks a robust sustainability trajectory.

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Maritime Transport and Regional Sustainability