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Volume 16, issue 2 | Copyright

Special issue: Monitoring and modelling to guide coastal adaptation to extreme...

Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 16, 463-467, 2016
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Research article 12 Feb 2016

Research article | 12 Feb 2016

Preface: Monitoring and modelling to guide coastal adaptation to extreme storm events in a changing climate

J. M. Brown1, P. Ciavola2, G. Masselink3, R. McCall3,4, and A. J. Plater5 J. M. Brown et al.
  • 1The National Oceanography Centre, Liverpool, UK
  • 2University of Ferrara, Ferrara, Italy
  • 3Plymouth University, Plymouth, UK
  • 4Deltares, Delft, the Netherlands
  • 5University of Liverpool, Liverpool, UK

Abstract. Storms across the globe and their associated consequences in coastal zones (flooding and erosion), combined with the long-term geomorphic evolution of our coastlines, are a threat to life and assets, both socioeconomic and environmental. In a changing climate, with a rising global sea level, potentially changing patterns in storm tracks and storminess, and rising population density and pressures on the coastal zone, the future risk of coastal storm impacts is likely to increase. Coastal managers and policy makers therefore need to make effective and timely decisions on the use of resources for the immediate and longer

Research focused on "monitoring and modelling to guide coastal adaptation to extreme storm events in a changing climate" is becoming more common; its goal is to provide science-based decision support for effective adaptation to the consequences of storm impacts, both now and under future climate scenarios at the coast. The growing transfer of information between the science community and end-users is enabling leading research to have a greater impact on the socioeconomic resilience of coastal communities. This special issue covers recent research activities relating to coastal hazard mapping in response to extreme events, economic impacts of long-term change, coastal processes influencing management decisions and the development of online decision support tools.

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