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Atlantic sea level rise : adaptation to imaginable worst case climate change

Project information

Grant agreement ID: EVK2-CT-2002-00138

  • Start date

    1 November 2002

  • End date

    30 November 2004

Funded under:

FP5-EESD

  • Overall budget:

    € 857 543

  • EU contribution

    € 558 960

Coordinated by:

UNIVERSITY OF HAMBURG

Germany

Objective

We will adopt methodologies of risk management to study adaptation to imaginable worst case Climate change. In consultation with local experts and stakeholders, we will develop rich scenarios ("future histories") of the societal implications of a 5-6 metre sea level rise, potentially caused by a collapse of the west-Antarctic Ice Sheet , on the Rhone delta , the Netherlands and the Thames Estuary. We will estimate the amount of land, buildings etc lost, but will focus on initial responses (e.g., dike building, managed retreat), their probabilities of failure, as well as the wider effects (e.g., on the economy, large-scale migration). In addition, we will perform a formal risk assessment, analyse social representations and investigate optimal control of greenhouse gas emissions under catastrophic risk. The project would add substance and seriousness to the debate of potential catastrophes that may be caused by human-induced climate change.

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Coordinator

UNIVERSITY OF HAMBURG

Address

Troplowitzstrasse 7
20146 Hamburg

Germany

Participants (5)

INSTITUT SYMLOG DE FRANCE ASBL

France

INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR APPLIED SYSTEM ANALYSIS

Austria

MIDDLESEX UNIVERSITY

United Kingdom

STOCKHOLM ENVIRONMENT INSTITUTE

Sweden

VRIJE UNIVERSITEIT AMSTERDAM - VERENIGING VOOR CHRISTELIJK WETENSCHAPPELIJK ONDERWIJS

Netherlands

Project information

Grant agreement ID: EVK2-CT-2002-00138

  • Start date

    1 November 2002

  • End date

    30 November 2004

Funded under:

FP5-EESD

  • Overall budget:

    € 857 543

  • EU contribution

    € 558 960

Coordinated by:

UNIVERSITY OF HAMBURG

Germany