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Spatial assessment of sea level rise on Martinique’s coastal zone and analysis of planning frameworks for adaptation


Schleupner,  Christine
IMPRS on Earth System Modelling, MPI for Meteorology, Max Planck Society;

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Schleupner, C. (2007). Spatial assessment of sea level rise on Martinique’s coastal zone and analysis of planning frameworks for adaptation. Journal of Coastal Conservation, 11, 91-103. doi:10.1007/s11852-008-0010-2.

Cite as: https://hdl.handle.net/11858/00-001M-0000-0019-F516-F
Accelerated sea level rise and hurricanes are increasingly influencing human coastal activities. With respect to the projected continuation of accelerated sea level rise and global warming one must count with additional expenses for adaptation strategies along the coasts. On the mountainous island Martinique the majority of settlements are situated along the coast almost at sea level. But potential rises in sea level and its impacts are not addressed in coastal management, even though saltwater intrusion and coastal erosion with increasing offshore loss of sediment are locally already a severe problem. At a sea level rise of 50 cm, one fourth of Martinique’s coastline will be affected by erosion and one fifth of the islands surface will have high probability to get flooded during coastal hazards. This is a growth of 5% of the impact area in comparison to present conditions. This article analyses potential adaptation strategies and argues that the development of a coastal zone management plan considering sea level rise and its impact area is of utmost importance. Empirical assessment models in combination with spatial analysis are useful in obtaining statements about coastal impacts concerning sea level rise. This paper sees itself as recommendation of action not only for Martinique.