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Assessing Climate Change Impacts, Sea Level Rise and Storm Surge Risk in Port Cities: A Case Study on Copenhagen

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  • Stéphane Hallegatte

    (Centre International de Recherche sur l'Environnement et le Développement)

  • Nicola Patmore

    (Risk Managment Solutions Limited)

  • Olivier Mestre

    (Ecole Nationale de la Météorologie, Météo France)

  • Patrice Dumas

    (Centre International de Recherche sur l'Environnement et le Développement)

  • Jan Corfee-Morlot

    (OECD)

  • Celine Herweijer

    (Risk Managment Solutions Limited)

  • Robert Muir-Wood

    (Risk Managment Solutions Limited)

This study illustrates a methodology to assess economic impacts of climate change at city scale, focusing on sea level rise and storm surge. It is based on a statistical analysis of past storm surges in the studied city, matched to a geographical-information analysis of the population and asset exposure in the city, for various sea levels and storm surge characteristics. An assessment of direct losses in case of storm surge (i.e. of the damages to buildings and building content) can then be computed and the corresponding indirect losses – in the form of production and job losses, reconstruction duration, amongst other loses – deduced, allowing a risk analysis of the effectiveness of coastal flood protections, including risk changes due to climate change and sea level rise. This methodology is applied in the city of Copenhagen, capital of Denmark, which is potentially vulnerable to the effects of variability in sea level, as a low lying city....

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Paper provided by OECD Publishing in its series OECD Environment Working Papers with number 3.

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Date of creation: 08 Oct 2008
Handle: RePEc:oec:envaaa:3-en
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