The WHP is designing education modules based on the materials developed by partner cities to guide students to an understanding of the similar issues facing urban marine waterways in different locations around the world. The WHP Education Survey asked 8 questions with responses collected and analysed from 26 WHP partners. The full results of the survey are described in the attached report.
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 emerges as a useful approach towards the foundation of a global environmental risk atlas of harbours that should guide this sector to develop a more globally informed strategy of sustainable development.
Sediment metal enrichment and ecological risk assessment of ten ports and estuaries in the World Harbours Project
Publication: Ten global harbours were assessed for sediment quality by quantifying the magnitude of anthropogenic change and ecological risk. Anthropogenic change (enrichment) was high for Derwent River and Sydney estuary, moderate for Santander Harbour, Rio de Janeiro and Dublin Port, slight for Hong Kong, minimal for Darwin. The extraordinary variety of environments and types/quantities/qualities of data investigated resulted in as much a critique and development of methodology, as an assessment of human impact, including unique techniques for elemental normalisation and contaminant classification.
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The World Harbour Project would like to thank The Corella Fund for their generous support to develop WHP Education Modules.
The grant will be used “to develop higher educational materials to educate senior students in the best practices in the important field of sustainable management of urban marine waterways”. The modules will be developed to plug-into existing courses aimed at supporting teaching rather than replacing it.
Regional Studies in Marine Science Special Issue on the World Harbour Project II has been published.
The World Harbour Project Plymouth team is proud to have won the 2016 National P1 Marine Foundation ‘Seabed Innovation’ student award. We were granted £500 towards future eco-engineering projects.
More importantly, Kathryn O’Shaughnessy was invited to give a talk on the WHP and answer questions in front of supporters of the fund in London on March 21st, which raised much interest from the Crown Estate, Natural England and the P1 Marine Foundation amongst others. Folks from Crown Estate were particularly interested in how we can ‘scale-up’ our design for application in English waters.
We are excited about the amazing publicity this award has brought to the Plymouth WHP and Plymouth University.
The Plymouth team is planning to use the money to help fund a subtidal eco-engineering experiment using the WHP tiles starting this April. We are honoured to have received this award, and are excited to continue with eco-engineering trials in the Southwest of England.
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We have completed the starting stage of the research project by identifying what ‘variables’ we can feed into a computer program to design a custom-made reef or seawall. We have separated the design variables into three categories: Macro (orientation of reef / seawall to sun; wave impact / tidal zone / etc.) Meso (defining inhabitants in each zone and their demands) & Micro (on a material level ie. mixing in oyster shells or paper partials into the material).
If you are keen to join in expanding this work please see the PhD advertised.
We are looking for two PhD students to contribute to the Green Engineering Working Group of the World Harbour Project. Our purpose is to develop ecologically sustainable solutions for urbanized coastlines, using the concepts of green design. The working group includes 25 partners globally, with scope for the PhD students to work across sites.
The development of artificial structures in urban harbours (sheltered bays and estuaries) can have widespread ecological consequences by enhancing the distribution and spread of non-indigenous species