A global approach to mapping the environmental risk of harbours on aquatic systems

Paloma F. Valdor, Aina G. Gómez, Peter Steinberg, Edwina Tanner, Antony M. Knights, Rochelle D. Seitz, Laura Airoldi, Louise B. Firth, Christos Arvanitidis, Massimo Ponti, Eva Chatzinikolaou, Paul R. Brooks, Tasman P. Crowe, Alison Smith, Gonzalo Méndez, Aida Ovejero, Abilio Soares-Gomes, John A. Burt, Catriona MacLeod, José A. Juanes

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The goal of this paper is to propose a screening method for assessing the environmental risk to aquatic systems in harbours worldwide. A semi-quantitative method is based on environmental pressures, environmental conditions and societal response. The method is flexible enough to be applied to 15 harbours globally distributed through a multinational test using standardised and homogenised open data that can be obtained for any port worldwide. The method emerges as a useful approach towards the foundation of a global environmental risk atlas of harbours that should guide the harbour sector to develop a more globally informed strategy of sustainable development.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number104051
JournalMarine Policy
StatePublished - Sep 2020


  • Environmental risk assessment
  • Global atlas
  • Harbour aquatic systems
  • Harbour management
  • Pressure-state-response model
  • Sustainable development

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aquatic Science
  • General Environmental Science
  • Economics and Econometrics
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law
  • Law


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