New PROTECT publication

Coastal flooding in south-east Asia - Credit: Brigitte Leoni / UNISDR

The article “Understanding the Drivers of Coastal Flood Exposure and Risk From 1860 to 2100” was published in Earth’s Future.

Here are the take-home messages:

  • 20th century coastal exposure and risk is almost completely attributable to socie-econmoic development
  • For 21st century this changes: climate induced sea-level rise can become the main driver of coastal exposure and risk
  • Coastal adaptation is a crucial driver for coastal risk – global mitigation policy needs to be complemented by local coastal management

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