Living with coastal erosion in Europe: Sediment and Space for Sustainability (EUROSION project)


General Information:

Author: Directorate General Environment European Commission (DG ENV)

Year of publication: 2004

Available languages: English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian

Details of Assessment:

Type of assessment: Not specified

Details: Assessment of exposure

Format of assessment: Report

Details: GIS-based assessment

Estimated costs for conducting: No information

Estimated duration of assessment: No information

To be carried out by whom: Others

Details: GIS experts

Institutional scale of use: Regional

Details: Directly below national level (NUTS 1, NUTS 2) and small countries as a whole

Assesment to be used by which target audience: Regional decision makers

Output: Others (see details)

Details: Exposure maps


Coverage & Methodology:

Region of origin: Europe

Developed by which sector: Development cooperation

Applied in practice: Yes

Geographic coverage in analysis: Europe

Potential geographic coverage: Europe (coastal environments)

Sectors covered: Infrastructure, Biodiversity

Details: Population, infrastructure, and ecologically valuable areas

Method used: Scenario mapping

Description of methodology: The RICE concept is meant to provide a proxy of the terrestrial areas, which may potentially be subject to coastal erosion or flooding in the coming period of 100 years. To determine this radius a distinction between the two most important flooding and erosion parameters is made. Once the concept of RICE was defined, the approach led to consider 13 indicators in relation to the current and expected future exposure to coastal erosion and flooding

Risk framework used: No explicit use of risk framework

Risk components incorporated: Exposure

Hazards and impacts considered in the assessment: Sea level rise

Source of required data: Primary and secondary

Details: Data on 13 indicators with reference to coastal characteristics including data on pressure (sea level rise, shoreline evolution, shoreline changes, water level, urbanization, river sediment supply, geological type, elevation and engineered frontage) as well as data on impact (population, urban and industrial living, ecological value)

Temporal scale: Forward looking

Details: Sea level rise estimation for the next 100 years

Participatory elements: No

Consideration of interconnectedness and -dependencies of risks: No

Adressing uncertainty: No

Scope of assessment: Identification of risks, assessment of impacts

Relevance for losses and damages:

Economic/Non-Economic losses incorporated: No information

Applicability for entire risk spectrum (from extreme weather events to slow onset processes): No


Recommendations for Adaptation measures included in Climate Risk Assessment: Yes

Details: Report: A guide to coastal erosion management practices in Europe: lessons learned

Usefulness for political purposes: It supports the Integrated Coastal Zone Management Practitioners Network and facilitating access to relevant data and information

Applied by whom: Directorate General Environment European Commission

Open access: Yes