Impacts of sea level rise on wave overtopping rates around the coast of England

Hames, D. and Vidal, I. and Gouldby, B.P. (2023) Impacts of sea level rise on wave overtopping rates around the coast of England. Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers - Maritime Engineering, 176 (3).

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There is unequivocal evidence that global sea levels are rising. It is therefore inevitable there will be socioeconomic impacts as a result of this. To aid mitigation, and the implementation of adaptation measures, it is vital the magnitude of the potential impact is quantified. Current approaches in the UK make simplifying assumptions regarding the relationship between present-day and future economic damage relating to coastal flood risk. The analysis undertaken here supports studies of an improved impact of sea level rise by providing national-scale estimates of changes in wave overtopping rates and flood defence overflow rates, as a result of different amounts of sea level rise. The analysis involves the application of components of an existing risk-based coastal flood risk analysis method. A subset of almost 600 flood defence assets around the country has been analysed for sea level rise rates up to 1 m. The resulting analysis shows that, on average, the wave overtopping rate increases by up to 150 times above present-day rates for lower return periods and by up to five times for higher return periods. This differential arises as a result of non-linearities in overtopping rates with increasing extreme sea levels.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Coasts > General
Divisions: Coastal
Depositing User: Helen Stevenson
Date Deposited: 31 Jul 2023 14:34
Last Modified: 31 Jul 2023 14:34

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