Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation Strategies for Coastal Communities

  • Walter Leal Filho

Part of the Climate Change Management book series (CCM)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Principles, Approaches and Projects on Change Adaptation in Coastal Areas

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Dhrishna Charan, Kushaal Raj, Ravneel Chand, Lionel Joseph, Priyatma Singh
      Pages 69-85
    3. Tess Martin, Sarah Hemstock, Helene Jacot Des Combes, Charles Pierce
      Pages 119-131
  3. Case Studies on Climate Change Adaptation in Coastal Areas

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 207-207
    2. Mattlan Zackhras, Payton Deeks, Simon Ellis
      Pages 209-224
    3. Allenbach Michel, Le Duff Matthieu, Dumas Pascal, Bouteiller Yolaine
      Pages 299-313
    4. Catherine Iorns Magallanes, Vanessa James, Thomas Stuart
      Pages 315-335
    5. Roselyn Naidu, Frank Muller-Karger, Mathew McCarthy
      Pages 337-355
    6. Bernardo Castro, Walter Leal Filho, Fernando J. P. Caetano, Ulisses Miranda Azeiteiro
      Pages 409-426
    7. Michael Otoara Ha’apio, Keith Morrison, Ricardo Gonzalez, Morgan Wairiu, Elisabeth Holland
      Pages 455-470

About this book


This book presents a comprehensive overview of research and projects regarding climate change adaptation in coastal areas, providing government and nongovernment bodies with a sound basis to promote climate change adaptation efforts.According to the 5th Assessment Report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), coastal zones are highly vulnerable to climate change, and climate-driven impacts may be further exacerbated by other human-induced pressures. 

Apart from sea-level rise, which poses a threat to both human well-being and property, extreme events such as cyclones and storm surges lead not only to significant damage to property and infrastructure, but also to salt water intrusion, groundwater salinisation, and intensified soil erosion, among many other problems. There are also numerous negative impacts on the natural environment and biodiversity, including damage to important wetlands and habitats that safeguard the overall ecological balance, and consequently the provision of ecosystem services and goods on which the livelihoods of millions of people depend. As such, there is a need for a better understanding of how climate change affects coastal areas and communities, and for the identification of processes, methods and tools that can help the countries and communities in coastal areas to adapt and become more resilient. 

It is against this background that this book has been produced. It includes papers written by scholars, social movements, practitioners and members of governmental agencies, pursuing research and/or executing climate change projects in coastal areas and working with coastal communities. Focusing on “managing climate change in coastal regions”, it showcases valuable lessons learned from research and field projects and presents best practices to foster climate change adaptation in coastal areas and communities, which can be implemented elsewhere.


Climate Change Coastal Areas Coastal resilience Sea level rise impacts Coastal flooding Salinisation of groundwater Coastal Erosion Affected coastal cities Global warming and coastal regions Climate change projects Coastal adaptation project

Editors and affiliations

  • Walter Leal Filho
    • 1
  1. 1.Faculty of Life ScienceHAW HamburgHamburgGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG 2018
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Earth and Environmental Science
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-70702-0
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-70703-7
  • Series Print ISSN 1610-2010
  • Series Online ISSN 1610-2002
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