Climate Change: A Risk Assessment
Prof Robert Nicholls, Dr Sally Brown and Dr Ivan Haigh joined an international group of scientists to assess the risks of climate change for the report, ‘Climate Change: A Risk Assessment’ launched by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. The Southampton team contributed their expertise in understanding the consequences of sea-level rise in coastal cities, including the increased likelihood of extreme events and potential limits of adaptation.
Professor Nicholls says: “Sea-level rise is an on-going risk to many coastal cities, particularly those which are low-lying and have growing populations. As seen in response from past extreme events, such as Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans which flooded 80 per cent of the city causing 800 deaths and billions of dollars’ worth of damage, a change in the way we defend and protect our cities is going to become increasingly important and challenging in the future. We need to better understand how much sea-level rise cities could cope with.”
The report, ‘Climate Change: A Risk Assessment’ is available online at:http://www.csap.cam.ac.uk/projects/climate-change-risk-assessment/ and you can find out more in an article for The Conversation here: https://theconversation.com/barriers-canals-and-fake-islands-how-we-can-save-cities-from-rising-sea-levels-44671