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The ability of societies to adapt to 21st century sea-level rise

The ability of societies to adapt to 21st century sea-level rise
The ability of societies to adapt to 21st century sea-level rise
Against the background of possible substantial sea-level rise, an important question is, to what extent are coastal societies able to adapt? This question is often answered in the negative by referring to sinking islands and submerged mega-cities. While these risks are real, the picture is incomplete because it lacks consideration of adaptation. This Perspective explores societies’ abilities to adapt to 21st century sea-level rise by integrating perspectives from coastal engineering, economics, finance and social sciences, and provides a comparative analysis of a set of cases that vary in technological limits, and economic, financing, and social conflict barriers to coastal adaptation.
1758-678X
570-578
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Hinkel, Jochen, Aerts, Jeroen C.J.H., Brown, Sally, Jimenez, Jose, Lincke, Daniel, Nicholls, Robert, Scussolini, Paolo, Sanchez-Arcilla, Agustin, Vafeidis, Athanasios and Addo, Kwasi Appeaning (2018) The ability of societies to adapt to 21st century sea-level rise. Nature Climate Change, 8 (7), 570-578. (doi:10.1038/s41558-018-0176-z).

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Abstract

Against the background of possible substantial sea-level rise, an important question is, to what extent are coastal societies able to adapt? This question is often answered in the negative by referring to sinking islands and submerged mega-cities. While these risks are real, the picture is incomplete because it lacks consideration of adaptation. This Perspective explores societies’ abilities to adapt to 21st century sea-level rise by integrating perspectives from coastal engineering, economics, finance and social sciences, and provides a comparative analysis of a set of cases that vary in technological limits, and economic, financing, and social conflict barriers to coastal adaptation.

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Accepted/In Press date: 17 April 2018
e-pub ahead of print date: 25 June 2018
Published date: 25 June 2018

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Local EPrints ID: 421728
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/421728
ISSN: 1758-678X
PURE UUID: dd66c646-dc9e-41dd-bdb6-aad90c1a4d95
ORCID for Sally Brown: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0003-1185-1962
ORCID for Robert Nicholls: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-9715-1109

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Date deposited: 25 Jun 2018 16:30
Last modified: 18 Feb 2021 17:11

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