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Building Blocks: A Quantitative Approach for Evaluating Coastal Vulnerability

Kantamaneni, Komali and Du, Xiaoping and Aher, Sainath and Singh, Rao Martand (2017) Building Blocks: A Quantitative Approach for Evaluating Coastal Vulnerability. Water, 9 (12), pp. 1-15. Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute (MDPI). DOI: 10.3390/w9120905 ISSN 2073-4441

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Official URL: http://www.mdpi.com/2073-4441/9/12/905

Abstract

Climate change and associated factors such as global and regional sea-level rise; the upsurge in high-intensity flooding events; and coastal erosion are pulse and press disturbances that threaten to increase landslides in coastal regions. Under these circumstances; a rigorous framework is required to evaluate coastal vulnerability in order to plan for future climate change scenarios. A vast majority of coastal vulnerability assessments across the globe are evaluated at the macro level (city scale) but not at the micro level (small town scale); particularly in the United Kingdom (UK). In order to fill this vital research gap; the current study established a coastal vulnerability index termed here as the Micro Town Coastal Vulnerability Index (MTCVI) and then applied it to Barton-on-Sea; which is a small coastal town of the Hampshire region; England; UK. MTCVI was evaluated for Barton-on-Sea coastal vulnerability by integrating both novel and existing parameters. Results suggest that the entire shoreline frontage (2 km) exhibits very high coastal vulnerability and is prone to various coastal hazards such as landslides; erosion; and wave intrusion. This suggests that Barton-on-Sea coastal amenities will require a substantial improvement in shoreline protection measures. In this study; GIS (geographic information system) coastal vulnerability and landslide maps were generated; and these maps can be used by the local authorities; district councils; coastal engineers; and planners to improve and design coastal management strategies under the climate change scenarios. Meanwhile; the methodology used in this study could also be applied to any other suitable location in the world depending on the availability of the data.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/118109/
Document Type:Article
Title:Building Blocks: A Quantitative Approach for Evaluating Coastal Vulnerability
Authors:
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthors ORCID iD
Kantamaneni, KomaliKomali.kantamaneni (at) solent.ac.ukUNSPECIFIED
Du, Xiaopingduxp (at) radi.ac.cnhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-0618-0984
Aher, Sainathsaigeo23 (at) gmail.comUNSPECIFIED
Singh, Rao Martandr.singh (at) surrey.ac.ukUNSPECIFIED
Date:25 November 2017
Journal or Publication Title:Water
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:Yes
In SCOPUS:Yes
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
Volume:9
DOI :10.3390/w9120905
Page Range:pp. 1-15
Publisher:Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute (MDPI)
ISSN:2073-4441
Status:Published
Keywords:climate change; MTCVI; Barton-on-Sea; GIS maps; coastal hazards; erosion
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Space
HGF - Program Themes:Earth Observation
DLR - Research area:Raumfahrt
DLR - Program:R EO - Erdbeobachtung
DLR - Research theme (Project):R - Remote sensing and geoscience
Location: Oberpfaffenhofen
Institutes and Institutions:German Remote Sensing Data Center > Land Surface
Deposited By: Clauss, Kersten
Deposited On:09 May 2018 10:39
Last Modified:09 May 2018 10:39

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