The future of coasts – Changing flood risk for coastal communities in the developing world
MIT Faculty and Researchers
Dara Entekhabi (lead), Miho Mazereeuw (lead), Danielle Wood (lead)
More than 600 million people live along coasts that face an increased risk of flooding from sea-level rise. In this interdisciplinary project, we will develop risk maps for several cities in developing countries using high-resolution elevation data from satellites, tides records, and regional storm characteristics. We will create street-by-street risk maps and interactive web tools offering invaluable guidance for decision-makers. To facilitate the adoption of risk information, we will establish two-way conversations with local stakeholders. We address the following questions:
- How will the flooding recurrence increase decade-by-decade and street-by-street?
- What is the value of the economic, social, and ecosystem services damages due to increased flooding?
- Will increases in flooding result in irreversible population and livelihood displacements?
- Will patterns of flooding increase the social and economic inequities in the communities?
- What tools do stakeholders need to effectively coordinate their responses?
Contact Dara Entekhabi: firstname.lastname@example.org
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