FEEM working papers "Note di lavoro" series
2000 .038

Climate Change and Coastal Zones: An Overview of the State-of-the-Art on Regional and Local Vulnerability Assessment

Authors: Horst Sterr, Richard J.T. Klein, Stefan Reese
Series: Climate Change and Sustainable Development
Editor: Carlo Carraro
Type: Book
Keywords: Climate change,coastal zones,vulnerability,adaptation,methodologies,scale
JEL: Climate Change and the Mediterranean: SocioEconomics of Impacts, Vulnerability and Adaptation
Published in: Edward Elgar
Date: 2003


This paper provides an overview of the latest developments in methodologies for assessing the vulnerability of coastal zones to climate change at regional and local scales. The focus of vulnerability assessment in coastal zones used to be on erosion and land loss due to sea-level rise. Methodologies now increasingly consider the wide range of climate and impact variables that play a part in determining coastal vulnerability, as well as non-climatic developments. The paper presents a conceptual framework for vulnerability assessment that identifies a number of system components that can be considered determinants of vulnerability. It then goes on to outline a number of steps that are required for the actual assessment of coastal vulnerability, such as scenario development, data collection and impact assessment. The approach is illustrated using a regional and local case study in Germany.

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