Coastal climate services: user needs from multiple case studies being identified within the INSeaPTION project

Logo_INSeaPTION.pngCoastal zones are especially in need of climate services for adaptation, as they are increasingly threatened by sea level rise and its impacts, such as submergence, flooding, shoreline erosion, salinization and wetland change. To identify current practices, lessons learnt and ways forwards, the INSeaPTION partners have conducted an analysis of coastal climate services in the US, Australia and France (Le Cozannet et al., 2017), which is now being complemented with direct interactions with users in two high-impact small island regions: the Maldives and French Polynesia.
The user workshop in the Maldives was organized in close cooperation with the Climate Change Department of the Ministry for Environment and Energy. A team from the Global Climate Forum (Germany) and the University of Utrecht (The Netherlands) met with multiple stakeholders from the national government, local communities, academia and oceanographers, to start the process of co-developing coastal climate services for the Maldives. In parallel, the private company Creocean, the University of La Rochelle and BRGM conducted a survey and organized a user workshop in French Polynesia, with the precious support of the Polynesian government and the High Commission of the French republic. These workshop have resulted in a list of potential coastal climate services, which link current decision making on adaptation with scientific information on sea level rise and its impacts. As for now, these survey suggest that sea-level rise and coastal impact observations and models have not been fully integrated in current decision-making process, thus offering opportunities for the development of coastal climate services.

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Le Cozannet, G., Nicholls, R.J., Hinkel, J., Sweet, W.V., McInnes, K.L., Van de Wal, R.S.W., Slangen, A.B.A., Lowe, J.A., White, K.D., 2017. Sea Level Change and Coastal Climate Services: The Way Forward. Journal of Marine Science and Engineering 5, 49. doi:10.3390/jmse5040049

Written by Gonéri Le Cozannet (BRGM), Geronimo Gussmann (GCF) and the INSeaPTION consortium

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Monday 16 April 2018