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Climate change and coastal management on Europe's coast
Nicholls, R.J.; Klein, R.J.T. (2005). Climate change and coastal management on Europe's coast, in: Vermaat, J.E. et al. (Ed.) Managing European coasts: past, present and future. pp. 199-226. dx.doi.org/10.1007/3-540-27150-3_11
In: Vermaat, J.E. et al. (Ed.) (2005). Managing European coasts: past, present and future. Environmental Science Series. Springer: Berlin. ISBN 3-540-23454-3. 387 pp., more
In: Environmental Science Series. Springer-Verlag: New York. ISSN 2212-778X, more

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Keywords
    Climatic changes; Coastal zone management; Europe Coasts [Marine Regions]; Marine

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  • Nicholls, R.J.
  • Klein, R.J.T.

Abstract
    Climate change and sea-level rise due to human emissions of greenhouse gases is expected to accelerate through the 21st Century. Even given substantial reductions in these emissions, sea-level rise will probably be significant through the 21st Century and beyond. This poses a major challenge to long-term coastal management. While Europe has a high adaptive capacity, climate change will produce problems that have not been faced previously, and solutions need to be reconciled with the wider goals of coastal management. A recent European survey of the current response to sea-level rise and climate change shows a few countries engaged in proactive planning, while most are ignoring the issue, or only beginning to recognise its significance. While a proactive response should minimise the actual impacts and need for reactive responses, ignoring sea-level rise and climate change will almost certainly increase vulnerability.

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