Author(s): F. Taveira-Pinto
The strong coastal erosion, which has been increasing on many coasts, emerges
as a consequence of different processes, acting in the land/sea interface area.
These processes have their origin in either human or natural actions, all
contributing to the degradation of coastal landscape.
This deterioration is
strongly connected to the intense human occupation of coastal areas, which
transforms them into areas with a greater environmental vulnerability and risk, in
relation to erosion and flood events.
The development of environmental vulnerability and risk methodologies
aiming at the production of digital cartography, in order to support territorial
planning in coastal areas, is also of great importance in the decision process.
The concept of vulnerability can also be understood as a sensibility analysis
or coastal indicators.
This paper intends to give not only a global perspective of
the vulnerability/risk aspects, but also the new approaches running under the
scope of some EU projects, particularly the EUROSION Project.
vulnerability, coastal indicators, risk, uncertainty.
The environmental vulnerability could be described as the response ability in a
The bigger this response ability is, the lower the
environmental vulnerability and damage will be.
The vulnerability of a coastal unit exposed to the sea actions (waves, tides,
currents, flood, winds, etc) represents the sensibility to those actions expressed
through hydromorphological changes.
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Paper DOI: 10.2495/RISK080281
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