Papers are now being requested for next year’s ‘Breakwaters’ conference - Coasts, Marine Structures and Breakwaters: Resilience and Adaptability in a Changing Climate.
The latest in the quadrennial Breakwaters conference series will be held in Portsmouth, UK, between 13 and 15 September 2021, with papers now being requested for discussion.
The 2021 edition will cover the latest developments across maritime engineering topics from coasts to ports and waterfronts to breakwaters, while focusing on the full spectrum of research and study, design, construction and operations.
Given the heightened attention on the ‘climate emergency’, next year’s conference will place a big focus on how resilience and adaptability is being addressed by the maritime sector.
The conference will cover the following:
Breakwaters, piers and jetties
Seawalls and shoreline structures
Beaches, dunes and natural defences
Ports, docks, harbours, dredging
Waterfront developments and integrated marine developments
Coastal erosion and flooding
Wave and tidal power generation
Critical infrastructure at the coast
Coastal, estuarine and oceanographic processes
Dredging and the use of dredge materials
The two previous conferences both attracted over 400 delegates from more than 40 nations and showcased over 100 papers, while also including ‘Spotlight on Innovation’ presentations.
Appreciating the uncertain and difficult time currently facing prospective delegates from across the world, along with a need to be able to respond to changing circumstances, planning for the conference will also explore a range of different opportunities for remote participation.
Themes and Topics
Addressing the challenges of and adapting to climate change
Development and application of innovation, new technologies and techniques
Developments in research and analysis
Best practice in design, construction, operations and adaptation
Investigative stud and feasibility planning
Assessment and application of data, monitoring and modelling
Managing uncertainty and complexity
Managing ageing or failing coastal/marine structures
Sustainable practices and solutions – environmental, social, economic, technical
Shaping appropriate practical solutions to problems
Lessons learned from working with marine environment
Realising the potential of the sea in power generation