Adaptation to multi-meter sea-level rise should start now

Le Cozannet, Gonéri, Nicholls, Robert J. ORCID:, Durand, Gael, Slangen, Aimée B. A., Lincke, Daniel and Chapuis, Anne (2023) Adaptation to multi-meter sea-level rise should start now. Environmental Research Letters, 18 (9). ISSN 1748-9326

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Sea-level rise will fundamentally change coastal zones worldwide (Cooley et al 2022). A global two meters rise of sea level will be exceeded sooner or later within a time window ranging from one century to as long as two millennia, depending on future greenhouse gas emissions and polar ice-sheet melting (Fox-Kemper et al 2021). Here, we show that in addition to climate mitigation to slow this rise, adaptation to two meters of sea-level rise should start now. This involves changing our mindset to define a strategic vision for these threatened coastal areas and identify realistic pathways to achieve this vision. This can reduce damages, losses, and lock-ins in the future, identify problems before they become critical and exploit opportunities if they emerge. To meet this challenge, it is essential that coastal adaptation becomes core to coastal development, especially for long-lived critical infrastructure. Coastal adaptation will be an ongoing process for many decades and centuries, requiring the support of climate services, which make the links between science, policy and adaptation practice.

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Additional Information: Funding information: This research is funded by PROTECT and CoCliCo. These Projects have received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under Grants Agreements Nos. 869304 and 101003598; PROTECT contribution number 72. Data availability statement: Data shown in figure 1 can be accessed through the NASA portal: All data that support the findings of this study are included within the article.
Uncontrolled Keywords: coastal adaptation,high-end scenarios,sea-level commitment,sea-level rise,renewable energy, sustainability and the environment,environmental science(all),public health, environmental and occupational health ,/dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/2100/2105
UEA Research Groups: University of East Anglia Schools > Faculty of Science > Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research
Faculty of Science > Research Centres > Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research
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Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 24 Aug 2023 14:31
Last Modified: 14 Sep 2023 08:30
DOI: 10.1088/1748-9326/acef3f


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