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Building Blocks: A Quantitative Approach for Evaluating Coastal Vulnerability

Kantamaneni, Komali, Du, Xiaoping, Aher, Sainath and Singh, Rao Martand (2017) Building Blocks: A Quantitative Approach for Evaluating Coastal Vulnerability Water, 9 (12).

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Climate change and associated factors such as global and regional sea-level rise; the upsurge in high-intensity flooding events; and coastal erosion are pulse and press disturbances that threaten to increase landslides in coastal regions. Under these circumstances; a rigorous framework is required to evaluate coastal vulnerability in order to plan for future climate change scenarios. A vast majority of coastal vulnerability assessments across the globe are evaluated at the macro level (city scale) but not at the micro level (small town scale); particularly in the United Kingdom (UK). In order to fill this vital research gap; the current study established a coastal vulnerability index termed here as the Micro Town Coastal Vulnerability Index (MTCVI) and then applied it to Barton-on-Sea; which is a small coastal town of the Hampshire region; England; UK. MTCVI was evaluated for Barton-on-Sea coastal vulnerability by integrating both novel and existing parameters. Results suggest that the entire shoreline frontage (2 km) exhibits very high coastal vulnerability and is prone to various coastal hazards such as landslides; erosion; and wave intrusion. This suggests that Barton-on-Sea coastal amenities will require a substantial improvement in shoreline protection measures. In this study; GIS (geographic information system) coastal vulnerability and landslide maps were generated; and these maps can be used by the local authorities; district councils; coastal engineers; and planners to improve and design coastal management strategies under the climate change scenarios. Meanwhile; the methodology used in this study could also be applied to any other suitable location in the world depending on the availability of the data.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences > Civil and Environmental Engineering
Authors :
Kantamaneni, Komali
Du, Xiaoping
Aher, Sainath
Singh, Rao
Date : 25 November 2017
DOI : 10.3390/w9120905
Copyright Disclaimer : © 2017 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. This article is an open access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license (
Uncontrolled Keywords : Climate change; MTCVI; Barton-on-Sea; GIS maps; Coastal hazards; Erosion
Additional Information : Acknowledgments: Xiaoping Du is funded by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC), Grant No. 41301486 and Natural Science Foundation of Hainan Province of China, Grant No. 417214 and Sino-German (CSC-DAAD) Postdoc Scholarship Program. Wewould like to give special thanks for the comments of three anonymous reviewers on an earlier version, which contributed significantly to the improvement of the manuscript. We are also very grateful to the staff of New Forest District Council for providing updated statistics on landslides. We wish to give special thanks to the Channel Coastal Observatory (CCO) team for the aerial photographs which are used in the study.
Depositing User : Diane Maxfield
Date Deposited : 04 Sep 2019 13:48
Last Modified : 04 Sep 2019 13:48

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