WP1 - Climate change and natural hazards

Objective:

The main purpose of WP1 is to investigate the present environmental status as well as the environmental impacts of climatic change and accelerated sea-level rise on coastal cities. In detail:

  • To study modern climatic trends and variability in temperature, precipitation, etc. and coastal responses (tide levels, etc.), including interpretation of recent extreme events to understand the possible future impacts;

  • To reconstruct broadly the late Holocene climatic and sea level history of coastal cities to understand long-term climatic and sea level trends;

  • To investigate the modern coastal erosion (if any) and change trends along the coast using multi-date remote sensing data;

  • To assess the potential impacts of future climate change and rise in sea level such as extreme storm surges, flooding and enhanced erosion;

  • To assess the social and institutional costs of natural hazards including the social vulnerability of different sub sectors of the population, the distribution of costs across different social groups and the efficacy of different models of institutional response to climate change and the natural disasters in its wake.

Outputs:

  • Sea-level rise inundation maps, showing parts of urban areas that are likely to be affected (N1.1)

  • Report with assessment of frequency-magnitude of extreme rainfall events and flooding (N1.2)

  • Flood Azard Zoning Maps (D1.1)

  • Evaluation Report including typology of social and institutional responses to natural disasters and assessment of the intangible (non-market) costs related to each form of response (D1.2)

The partner responsible for the accomplishment of this Work Package is the University of Pune, Science and Technology Park - INDIA