Impacts of sea-level rise-induced erosion on the Catalan coast
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The Catalan coast as most of the developed Mediterranean coastal zone is characterized by the coincidence of stresses and pressures on the natural system with a high exposure and low adaptive capacity. Due to this, climate change-induced effects will increase natural hazards and aggravate their associated impacts and, in consequence, it is necessary to assess their effects for proper long-term management. In this work, we assess the impact of sea-level rise (SLR)-induced shoreline retreat on the Catalan coast for three scenarios ranging from 0.53 to 1.75 m by the year 2100. Implications are analysed in terms of affectation of two main functions provided by beaches, i.e. recreation and protection. Obtained results show that CC will be a serious threat to analysed functions since the expected enhanced shoreline retreat will severely decrease the recreational carrying capacity and the capacity of protection in the near future under tested scenarios. The actual level of development along the coastal zone reduces the natural resilient capacity of beaches to SLR in such a way that the lack of accommodation space can be identified as a main factor for the estimated impacts.
The final publication is available at Springer via http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10113-016-1052-x
CitationJimenez, J.A., Valdemoro, H., Bosom, E., Sanchez-Arcilla, A., Nicholls, R.J. Impacts of sea-level rise-induced erosion on the Catalan coast. "Regional environmental change", Febrer 2017, vol. 17, núm. 2, p. 593-603.