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Impact of storms on coastlines: preparing for the future without forgetting the past? Examples from Europe, USA and Bangladesh

Presentation by Paolo Ciavola at the National Oceanography Centre, Liverpool, UK.

 

On 10th February, 2016, the NOC Liverpool, at the University of Liverpool, hosted a special event at the Nicholson Lecture Theatre during which RISC-KIT's Dr. Paolo Ciavola, CFR, made a presentation on some of the work being carried out under the auspices of RISC-KIT.

 

During the lecture, Dr. Ciavola explored historical storms that have struck Europe, in living memory but also in the more distant past and explored how historical records could be used to create more complete time seriesw of storm events.

 

Historical large-scale events on the case study sites of the Norfolk Coast (UK), the Charente-Vendée coast (France), the Cinque Terre-Liguria (Italy), the Emilia-Romagna coast (Italy) and the Ria Formosa coast (Portugal) were examined in detail. In addition to these European cases, knowledge derived from recurrent high magnitude events like hurricanes and typhoons will provide an important understanding of the interaction between DRR elements such as prevention, mitigation and preparedness, and resilience, extended to non-European examples from areas exposed to tropical storms: tropical cyclones in Bangladesh, hurricanes in the Gulf of Mexico and along the eastern coast of the United States of America.


The work presented was collected with the support of the EU RISC-KIT Project. RISC-KIT is currently developing methods, tools and management approaches to reduce risk and increase resilience to low frequency, high-impact hydro-meteorological events in the coastal zone. These products will enhance forecasting, prediction and early warning capabilities, improve the assessment of long-term coastal risk and optimize the mix of prevention, mitigation and preparedness measures.

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