|Coastal flood protection: What perspective in a changing climate? The THESEUS approach|
|Zanuttigh, B. (2011). Coastal flood protection: What perspective in a changing climate? The THESEUS approach Environ. Sci. Policy 14(7): 845-863. dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.envsci.2011.03.015|
Climatic changes; Erosion; Floods; Resilience; Marine
Coast; Risk; Erosion; Flood; Vulnerability; Resilience; Mitigation; Adaptation; Climate change
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- Innovative coastal technologies for safer European coasts in a changing climate, more
Coastal areas are vital economic hubs in terms of settlement, industry, agriculture, trade and tourism to mention some key sectors. There are already many coastal problems including erosion, flood risk and long-term habitat deterioration. As economies continue to develop the asset base at risk will grow, while accelerating climate change will increase the likelihood of damaging extreme events, as well as accelerate habitat decline. Existing coastal management and defence approaches are not well tuned to these challenges as they assume a static situation.
THESEUS project is developing a systematic approach to delivering both a low-risk coast for human use and healthy habitats for evolving coastal zones subject to multiple change factors. The project examines innovative mitigation and adaptation technologies and integrate the best of these technical measures in a strategic policy context through overarching guidelines. THESEUS activities are carried out within a multidisciplinary framework using 8 study sites across Europe, with specific attention to the most vulnerable coastal environments such as deltas, estuaries and wetlands, where many large cities and industrial areas are located.
This paper describes THESEUS approach, and specifically: the Source-Pathway-Receptor-Consquence model for coastal risk assessment; the engineering, social, economic and ecological mitigation measures under analysis; the participatory approach with end users and coastal authorities for the selection and identification of the appropriate defence strategy to be planned in sudy sites.