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Adaptations of Coastal Cities to Global Warming, Sea Level Rise, Climate Change and Endemic Hazards

Benefits

  • Discusses the identification of, solutions to, and management of threats to high population coastal cities

  • Assesses mitigation of the effects of extreme weather events such as major flooding

  • Addresses the high costs of safeguarding citizen and municipal assets but notes possible sources of funding

Book

Part of the SpringerBriefs in Environmental Science book series (BRIEFSENVIRONMENTAL)

About this book

Introduction

This book discusses the identification of, solutions to, and management of threats to high population coastal cities and their seaports from global warming, climate change and endemic hazards. These include prevention of sea water intrusion of freshwater coastal aquifers, emplacement of barriers that mitigate the threats from sea level rise, and inundation of urban centers plus those from storm surges that cause flooding and salination of inshore terrain. The book assesses mitigation of the effects of extreme weather events such as drought, and major flooding from heavy rainfall on coastal urban centers, or on associated drainage basins. It also considers how coastal cities can counter vulnerabilities from other physical hazards (e.g., earthquakes - building codes) and health hazards (e.g., pollution, public health response - preparedness) that may be related to a city’s geological/geographical location and service as a port of entry for goods and travelers (regional and international). The book also cites the high costs of safeguarding citizen and municipal assets, but notes possible sources of potential funding especially from less developed and developing nations. The book is written to give strong background information to students majoring in environmental sciences or those in other majors with interests in the effects of global warming/climate change, and will be of interest to social scientists, think tank personnel, government planners, and lay persons in environmentally oriented organizations.


                                  

                                                       

Keywords

Coastal populations City flooding Coastal hazard protection Disease control Hazard exposure Coastal city economic management

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.George Washington UniversityWashington, DCUSA

About the authors

Dr. Frederic R. Siegel is Professor Emeritus at The George Washington University. His books Applied Geochemistry (1974), Geoquimica Aplicada (1991), Natural and Anthropogenic Hazards in Development Planning (1996), Environmental Geochemistry of Potentially Toxic Metals (2001/2002), Demands of Expanding Populations and Development Planning (2008), Countering 21st Century Social-Environmental Threats to Growing Global Populations (2015), Mitigation of dangers from Natural and Anthropogenic Hazards (2016), and Cities and Mega-Cities (2018) reflect Dr. Siegel’s cumulative teaching and research experience in theoretical and applied exploration and environmental geochemistry, and his work to alleviate or eliminate environmental problems related to physical, social, chemical, and economic conditions associated with planned development projects.

  


                     


                     

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