coastal risks

CoPe Megalopolitan Coastal Transformation Hub: Improving the Understanding and Governance of Co-Evolving Hazards, Development, and Coastal Processes

The CoPe Megalopolitan Coastal Transformation Hub (MACH) aims to develop a climate-resilient decision-making framework to equitably support coastal communities. MACH brings together natural scientists, social scientists, civil engineers and humanists with coastal stakeholders and decision-makers to co-produce knowledge that can inform flexible climate adaptation pathways in coastal communities.

Geomorphic versus Climatic Drivers of Changing Coastal Flood Risk

Coastal flooding is one of the most dangerous and damaging natural hazards that societies face, and coastal development and climate change are causing a dramatic rise in vulnerability. Since the 19th century, estuary channels have typically been deepened and widened by a factor of two or three, harbor entrances have been deepened and streamlined, and a large proportion of wetlands have been filled over and replaced with neighborhoods. Such geomorphic changes increase flood risk by reducing natural resistance to storm surge and tides.