Climate Change and Coastal Protection: Adaptation Strategies for the German Baltic Sea Coast

  • Peter Fröhle
  • Christian Schlamkow
  • Norman Dreier
  • Knut Sommermeier
Part of the Coastal Research Library book series (COASTALRL, volume 1)


Consequences resulting from future climate change may be one of the most severe threats for people and economies in many countries of the world. With respect to coastal Protection, the resulting changed hydrodynamic impacts are discussed globally. At present, IPCC (2007) is estimating a world-wide average sea level rise of less than 1 m within the twenty-first century. Other sources (e.g. Rahmstorff and Schellnhuber 2007) which are taking into account possible melting of the two main continental ice covers (Greenland and Antarctica), estimate significantly higher values especially over long periods. Besides the problem of sea level rise, also possible general changes in the frequency and intensity of storms as well as general changes in the average wind and wave field are discussed. With respect to the protection of the coast against flooding and erosion, possible adaptation strategies and measure are described in brief.


Wave Height Significant Wave Height Coastal Protection Coastal Flood Sandy Coast 
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The paper is based on investigations carried out in the research project RADOST. RADOST is supported by the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF). The authors thank BMBF for the financial and logistic support and all project partners for the excellent co-operation. Altimetry data were provided by the NOAA Laboratory for Satellite Altimetry.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Peter Fröhle
    • 1
  • Christian Schlamkow
    • 1
  • Norman Dreier
    • 1
  • Knut Sommermeier
    • 2
  1. 1.Coastal Engineering GroupUniversity of RostockRostockGermany
  2. 2.Mecklenburg-Vorpommern State Agency of Agriculture and EnvironmentRostockGermany

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