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Sea Level Rise and Coastal Communities

  • Michele KekehEmail author
  • Muge Akpinar-Elci
  • Michael J. Allen
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Abstract

Globally, sea level is rising and it represents a serious concern. The trends are indisputable, and the predictions indicate that sea level will continue to rise for the coming centuries. Sea level rise is a consequence of human-induced climate change and has significant implications for low-lying coastal communities around the world. The impacts are felt with increased coastal flooding during storms and higher frequency of tidal flooding. In many countries, local drainage infrastructures were not designed to consider the mean of sea level rise observed in the past couple of years. Consequently, outlet pipes are often inundated and covered at high tide, reducing the efficiency of drainage in the event of heavy rain. With continued population growth and many people living in high-risk, coastal locations, the potential exists for significant physical, health, social, economic, and environmental consequences on both individuals and communities especially in developing countries.

Keywords

Sea level rise Coastal communities Health outcomes Flooding Monitoring Adaptation 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Michele Kekeh
    • 1
    Email author
  • Muge Akpinar-Elci
    • 1
  • Michael J. Allen
    • 2
  1. 1.Center for Global Health, Old Dominion UniversityNorfolkUSA
  2. 2.Department of Political Science & GeographyOld Dominion UniversityNorfolkUSA

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