Methods for assessing coastal vulnerability to climate change - ETC/CCA Technical Paper 1/2011

10 Oct 2011

Summary

This Technical Paper is intended to support EEA in the identification and selection of methods for mapping and analysing vulnerability and risks of coastal systems to climate change at the scale of Europe and Regional Seas.In this perspective the paper evaluates the most relevant index and indicator based-methods, GIS-based support systems, methods based on dynamic computer modelling and visualisation tools.The paper also deals with data availability and data needs at the European and Regional Sea level.Based on the performed analysis and the results of an EEA expert workshop on “Methods for assessing coastal vulnerability to climate change at the European scale” held in Copenhagen in June 2011, the paper provides some conclusions on the operative application of the main available methods for the assessment of coastal vulnerability to climate change at the scale of Europe and Regional Seas.

Prepared by: Emiliano Ramieri, Andrew Hartley, Andrea Barbanti, Filipe Duarte Santos, Ana Gomes, Mikael Hilden, Pasi Laihonen, Natasha Marinova, Monia Santini

Published by: ETC/CCA, Bologna, IT, October 2011, 93