Ports are critical infrastructures that play an important role as in the economic growth and development of a region. Ports are an important exports catalyst, allowing local companies to access international markets in a more competitive way. European Ports contribute to promote a sustainable economy, create jobs, generate wealth and value, contribute to the national gross domestic product (GDP) and promote the expansion of related and nearby industries and cities.
Nowadays, European Ports are experiencing air and water temperature increases, rising sea levels, and changes in seasonal precipitation, wind and wave conditions. Many are also seeing more frequent and severe extreme events such as storms, heatwaves and droughts.
Climate change represents a significant risk to business, operations, safety and infrastructure – and hence to local, national and global economies. To ensure port operations in these changing conditions, a deeper understanding of the impacts of climate change at the local level is needed to explore appropriate adaptation strategies.
ECCLIPSE focuses on analyzing the impact of climate change on seaports, developing prevention and action strategies that can minimize its effects.


The objective of ECCLIPSE is to develop a common framework for assessing the impacts associated with climate change and the adaptation to such impacts of ports in the SUDOE space.

The main project results will be:

  • • The development and implementation of a common methodology will make it possible to assure the consistency of the results to be obtained for each port by using the same scientific and technical criteria so that the conclusions drawn for the entire port network are consistent. This also makes it easier to extend the application to other European ports.
  • • ECCLIPSE will provide the mechanisms for designing and implementing the measures to adapt ports to climate change. These measures will have a common scientific basis for the whole European port network.
  • • Finally, the results of the climate projections will be stored in a climate database by port, which will allow the study of the evolution of the climate change impact in specific locations when planning and designing new port infrastructures



Project co-financed by the Interreg Sudoe
Programme through the European Regional
Development Fund (ERDF)