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THESEUS decision support system for coastal risk management
Zanuttigh, B.; Simcic, D.; Bagli, S.; Bozzeda, F.; Pietrantoni, L.; Zagonari, F.; Hoggart, S.; Nicholls, R.J. (2014). THESEUS decision support system for coastal risk management. Coast. Eng. 87: 218-239. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.coastaleng.2013.11.013
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    Decision support system; Scenario analysis; Risk assessment; Risk mitigation; Society; Economy; Ecology; GIS

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  • Innovative coastal technologies for safer European coasts in a changing climate, more

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  • Zanuttigh, B., more
  • Simcic, D.
  • Bagli, S., more
  • Bozzeda, F., more
  • Pietrantoni, L., more
  • Zagonari, F., more
  • Hoggart, S., more
  • Nicholls, R.J., more

    While planning coastal risk management strategies, coastal managers need to assess risk across a range of spatial and temporal scales. GIS-based tools are one efficient way to support them in the decision making process through a scenarios analysis starting from social, economic and environmental information integrated into a common platform. However, this integration process requires a significant effort from a team of scientists in terms of a) identifying the appropriate scales and data resolution for analysing social, environmental and economic issues; b) selecting and linking an appropriate set of tools to build a coupled model; c) representing key emerging (and hence challenging) research issues, such as risk perception and social resilience in the model; d) developing multi-criteria analysis to integrate social, environmental, economic impacts; and e) accounting for the expectations of the stakeholders and therefore optimizing the opportunity for them to interact with the tool development and with the final tool itself.In this spirit, this paper presents an open-source Spatial Decision Support System developed within the THESEUS Project to help decision makers to scopeg optimal strategies to minimise coastal risks. The exploratory tool allows the users to perform an integrated coastal risk assessment, to analyse the effects of different combinations of engineering, social, economic and ecologically based mitigation options, across short (2020s), medium (2050s) and long-term (2080s) scenarios, taking into account physical and non-physical drivers, such as climate change, subsidence, population and economic growth.

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