Methods for assessing coastal vulnerability to climate change


General Information:

Author: European Topic Centre on Climate Change Impacts, Vulnerability and Adaptation (ETC CCA)

Year of publication: 2011

Available languages: English

Details of Assessment:

Type of assessment: Vulnerability assessment

Details: Method to assess coastal vulnerability to sea level rise, in particular due to erosion and/or inundation

Format of assessment: Report

Details: Quantitative formulas

Estimated costs for conducting: No information

Estimated duration of assessment: No information

To be carried out by whom: Scientists/researchers

Institutional scale of use: Multiple (see details)

Details: National, regional

Assesment to be used by which target audience: Multiple actors

Details: National and regional decision makers, development cooperation practitioners

Output: Others (see details)

Details: Vulnerability map


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 and Regional Seas

Sectors covered: Biodiversity, Fishery, Agriculture

Method used: Index development

Risk framework used: No explicit use of risk framework

Risk components incorporated: Vulnerability

Hazards and impacts considered in the assessment: Coastal erosion, Flood, Storm surge, Salinisation

Source of required data: Secondary (available data is used)

Details: Data on geomorphology, shoreline change rates, coastal slope, relative sea level rate, mean significant wave height, mean tidal range

Temporal scale: Current

Participatory elements: No

Consideration of interconnectedness and -dependencies of risks: No information

Adressing uncertainty: No information

Scope of assessment: Identification of risks, assessment of impacts

Relevance for losses and damages:

Economic/Non-Economic losses incorporated: Non-Economic

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


Recommendations for Adaptation measures included in Climate Risk Assessment: No

Usefulness for political purposes: Project proposal for Green Climate Fund (GCF)

Applied by whom: European Environment Agency (EEA)

Open access: Yes