Extreme seal levels are a major threat to coastal communities and they are expected to become more severe in warming climate either due to rising mean seal levels or due to potential changes in storminess. Hence, it is utmost importance to adapt coastal zones to increasing sea levels in a changing climate. This is particularly true for the densely populated and micro-tidal environments such as the German Baltic Sea coast, which is very sensitive to changes in sea levels. Despite this, the dynamics of extreme sea levels, their socioeconomic impacts and adaptation responses are poorly understood in this region. Furthermore, many communities are not protected against coastal flooding and there is concern that these could be severely affected in the case of extreme storm surges, with climate change-induced sea-level rise adding to this challenge. Addressing the challenge of adapting to sea-level rise in general and for the Baltic coast in particular requires a close collaboration of a range of natural and social science disciplines and fields. In particular, geophysical science is needed for understanding regional and local processes, which generate extreme sea-level events, geographical science is needed for understanding vulnerabilities, exposure, flood damages, adaptation options and economic and decision sciences are needed for developing effective and robust adaptation pathways.
Three major research objectives are addressed:
German research Foundation (DFG): Priority Program - Regional Seal Level Change and Society
On the 17th November 2020 the Mediterranean Assessment Report was released; our group leader Athanasios Vafeidis contributed to Chapter 6 as coordinating lead author, whereas Lena Reimann…Weiterlesen