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INVESTIGATION OF PAST AND FUTURE EUROPEAN SEA LEVEL CHANGES AND THEIR IMPACTS

Objective

TO STUDY THE MECHANISMS AND IMPACTS OF THE SEA-LEVEL CHANGES IN EUROPE

STUDY OF THE SECULAR VARIATIONS OF EUROPEAN SEA LEVELS THROUGHOUT THE RECENT GEOLOGICAL PAST IN ORDER TO PROVIDE BENCHMARKS OF NATURAL SEA LEVEL VARIABILITY FOR COMPARISON TO ANTICIPATED ANTHROPOGENIC CHANGES.
MEASUREMENT OF THE CURRENT RATES OF CHANGE OF EUROPEAN SEA LEVELS, TO COMPARE THEM WITH RATES OBSERVED OVER THE LAST TWO CENTURIES AND TO EXAMINE EVIDENCE FOR ANY ACCELERATION IN THE RATES OF CHANGE.
DETERMINATION OF THE RATES OF VERTICAL LAND MOVEMENTS ON REGIONAL AND LOCAL SPACE-SCALES.

IDENTIFICATION OF THE CLIMATIC FORCINGS RESPONSIBLE FOR SEA LEVEL CHANGES OVER DIFFERENT TIMESCALES.
ESTIMATION OF THE FUTURE CHANGES IN EUROPEAN SEA LEVELS AND THEIR UNCERTAINTIES. THESE WILL BE BASED ON SCENARIOS OF CLIMATIC CHANGES AS A RESULT OF THE 'GREENHOUSE EFFECT' AND ON TRENDS OF LOCAL UPLIFT AND SUBSIDENCE.

DETERMINATION OF THE POSSIBLE CHANGES IN EXTREME STORM SURGE FREQUENCY AND MAGNITUDE AS A RESULT OF FUTURE CHANGES IN CLIMATE AND SEA LEVEL.
IDENTIFICATION OF THE COASTAL LOCATIONS THAT WOULD BE MOST VULNERABLE TO SEA LEVEL RISE AND STORM SURGE RISKS, AND TO SPECIFY THE RANGE OF CONSEQUENCES (FLOODING, WETLANDS DEGRADATION, SALT INTRUSION) LIKELY TO OCCUR AT EACH LOCATION.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS)
Address
191 Rue Saint Jacques
75005 Paris
France

Participants (6)

NERC
RIJKSWATERSTAAT
UNIV DI NAPOLI
UNIVERSITY OF CORK
UNIVERSITY OF DURHAM
UNIVERSITY OF EAST ANGLIA