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Extreme storms and flood events cause damage worth billions to ports -- and they are most disruptive to small island developing states

By Jasper Verschuur, DPhil Student, University of Oxford
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Shipping ports are crucial for the global economy. They handle the majority of trade, are industrial and transportation hubs and provide employment. But ports, by their nature, are located in coastal areas or on large rivers and are exposed to natural hazards such as storms and floods as a result.

Natural hazards can cause damage to ports and their surrounding infrastructure, often disrupting a port’s operation. Hurricane Katrina, a category five storm that made landfall on the southern…The Conversation

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