New study on storm surges projections in Europe

Coastal areas are densely populated and any changes in water levels caused by a rise in sea levels and increased storminess can be a threat to human lives and infrastructure. This underlines the urgency to enhance current understanding and forecasting capacity of coastal hazards and their impacts such that European policy-makers and relevant authorities can plan appropriate and timely adaptation and protection measures. The study was carried out by the JRC, the University of Aegean in Greece, and Deltares in the Netherlands. Further findings show that overall, storm surge levels in Europe are projected to increase on average by around 15% by 2100 under a high-emissions scenario and that climate change will result in higher seas not only driven by sea level rise, but also by increased storminess.

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