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UK storms and tidal surges - Q&AGuardian Unlimited | 05 Dec 2013
Key facts around the stormy weather currently battering Scotland, northern England and set to threaten the east coast
Mangroves as Resilient Natural Coastal Defences (blog)Blue Carbon Portal | 02 Dec 2013
The Role of Ecosystems in Disaster Risk Reduction is a book published by the UN University press in 2013, supported by Ecosystem for Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction (PEDRR), IUCN, UNEP, CEM, UNU-EHS. The following is a brief review of section 4 of part II of this book by Carmen Lacambra, Daniel A Friess, Tom Spencer and Iris Miller. It describes mangroves as resilient natural coastal defences.
Typhoon Haiyan and climate change Q&AGuardian Unlimited | 11 Nov 2013
How could climate change affect typhoons, hurricanes and tropical storms and is it possible to calculate this impact? Is typhoon Haiyan linked to climate change? As the devastating storm has only just happened, it is too soon for any research to have been done on whether global warming influenced typhoon Haiyan. But there are good reasons for expecting that it has.
Coastal retreat plan to curb floodsBBC | 04 Nov 2013
The UK's largest ever coastal flood realignment sees a part of the West Sussex coast given back to the sea to increase protection.
Federal agencies remapping coastal areas damaged by Hurricane Sandy [News]NOAA's National Ocean Service | 21 Aug 2013
On the heels of the Aug. 19 release of the Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force progress report, three federal agencies have announced plans for remapping parts of the East Coast, where Hurricane Sandy altered seafloors and shorelines, destroyed buildings, and disrupted millions of lives last year.
Adapt faster to changing climate, Europe warnedGuardian Unlimited | 29 Apr 2013
Cities around Europe may have to erect flood barriers similar to the Thames Barrier that protects London from sea surges, as climate change takes hold and leads to the danger of much more destructive storms, floods, heavy rainfall and higher sea levels, Europe's environmental watchdog has warned.
Storm Surge Reduction by Mangroveswetlands.org | 18 Dec 2012
Mangroves can reduce storm surge water levels by slowing the flow of water and reducing surface waves. Therefore mangroves can potentially play a role in coastal defence and disaster risk reduction, either alone or alongside other risk reduction measures such as early warning systems and engineered coastal defence structures (e.g. sea walls).
Researcher studies 'middle ground' of sea-level changeEurekAlert | 27 Nov 2012
The effects of storm surge and sea-level rise have become topics of everyday conversation in the days and weeks following Hurricane Sandy's catastrophic landfall along the mid-Atlantic coast. Research at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science is throwing light on another, less-familiar component...
Hurricane Isaac and the Value of Coastal WetlandsThe Ocean Foundation | 17 Sep 2012
During the tropical cyclone season, it is natural that discussion about the potential harm to human communities dominates the media, official announcements, and community meeting places. Those of us who work in ocean conservation also think about fishing gear losses and new debris fields following storm surge in coastal areas.
Protecting Wetlands Around the World, Then and Now: The Ramsar ConventionThe Ocean Foundation | 14 Sep 2012
Each year, anxious coastal communities watch the forecast for impending tropical cyclones—known as hurricanes or typhoons when they mature, depending on where they are. When those storms approach land, as Hurricane Isaac did late last month, the communities in the path of the storm are reminded of...
Scientists warn US east coast over accelerated sea level riseGuardian Unlimited | 24 Jun 2012
Sea level rise is accelerating three to four times faster along the densely populated east coast of the US than other US coasts, scientists have discovered. The zone, dubbed a "hotspot" by the researchers, means the ocean from Boston to New York to North Carolina is set to experience a rise up a third greater than that seen globally.
NOAA's Inundation Analysis Tool Places Flood Data at Planners' FingertipsNOAA's National Ocean Service | 21 May 2012
NOAA's Center for Operational Oceanographic Products and Services (CO-OPS) will launch an innovative new tool for coastal resource managers this week at the Association of State Floodplain Managers' annual conference in San Antonio. Called the Inundation Analysis Tool, the web-based application employs data collected at NOAA tide gauge stations to provide statistical summaries of the historical frequency and duration of observed high waters.
Rising tides threaten Tanzania's coastal townstrust.org | 26 Mar 2012
Surging Indian Ocean tides have forced hundreds of people in northeast Tanzanias Pangani District to abandon their homes, as higher seas increasingly threaten settlements along East Africas coastline.