Dec 4, 2013

Coastal flooding by tropical cyclones and sea-level rise

Jonathan D. Woodruff, Jennifer L. Irish, Suzana J. Camargo
  • States that the future impacts of climate change on landfalling tropical cyclones are unclear
  • States that, regardless of this uncertainty, flooding by tropical cyclones will increase as a result of accelerated sea-level rise
  • Explains that, under similar rates of rapid sea-level rise during the early Holocene epoch, most low-lying sedimentary coastlines were generally much less resilient to storm impacts
  • Concludes that society must learn to live with a rapidly evolving shoreline that is increasingly prone to flooding from tropical cyclones
  • Mentions that these impacts can be mitigated partly with adaptive strategies, which include careful stewardship of sediments and reductions in human-induced land subsidence