Inland waterways are vulnerable to climate change due to their dependence on water levels, which can be affected by droughts or flooding. Reduced water levels can disrupt inland navigation to the point that they are completely non-navigable. The paper summarised in this article analysed the impact of climate change on water levels to forecast the economic impact it may have on inland waterways transport. The study’s analyses showed a decrease in the number of days with low water, resulting in an overall economic benefit for inland waterways from climate change.

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Source: European Commission