Multi-hazard assessment of climate-related hazards for European coastal cities

SCORE project partners from UCC have published a paper in the Journal of Environmental Management. It is available in open access


The assessment of risk posed by climate change in coastal cities encompasses multiple climate-related hazards. Sea-level rise, coastal flooding and coastal erosion are important hazards, but they are not the only ones. The varying availability and quality of data across cities hinders the ability to conduct holistic and standardized multi-hazard assessments. Indeed, there are far fewer studies on multiple hazards than on single hazards. Also, the comparability of existing methodologies becomes challenging, making it difficult to establish a cohesive understanding of the overall vulnerability and resilience of coastal cities. The use of indicators allows for a standardized and systematic evaluation of baseline hazards across different cities. The methodology developed in this work establishes a framework to assess a wide variety of climate-related hazards across diverse coastal cities, including sea-level rise, coastal flooding, coastal erosion, heavy rainfall, land flooding, droughts, extreme temperatures, heatwaves, cold spells, strong winds and landslides. Indicators are produced and results are compared and mapped for ten European coastal cities. The indicators are meticulously designed to be applicable across different geographical contexts in Europe. In this manner, the proposed approach allows interventions to be prioritized based on the severity and urgency of the specific risks faced by each city.


Title: Multi-hazard assessment of climate-related hazards for European coastal cities

Authors: Emilio Laino, and Gregorio Iglesias.

Cite as: Laino, Emilio, and Gregorio Iglesias. ‘Multi-hazard Assessment of Climate-related Hazards for European Coastal Cities’. Journal of Environmental Management 357 (27 March 2024): 120787.


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