INtegrating Sea-level Projections in climate services for coastal adaptaTION
INSeaPTION aims at co-designing and co-developing, with users, coastal climate services based on state-of-the art sea-level rise, impact and adaptation science. The project will deliver two sets of services: (1) global to regional mean and extreme sea-level projections with their impacts and uncertainties, and (2) local sea-level, coastal impact and adaptation services. As tropical islands are high impact sectors, we select Maldives and French Polynesia as pilot sites for local coastal climate services. Both global and local services address the committed impacts of sea-level rise and large impacts, and adaptation needs, which will be required if polar ice-sheets melt rapidly.
Different kinds of contexts, e.g. low or high uncertainty aversion, short or long-time horizons, require different kinds of sea‐level rise information to support coastal adaptation decision making,e.g. probabilistic predictions, low-probability-high-impacts (high-end) scenarios, upper and lower bounds.
Uncertainty intolerant users such as managers of critical coastal infrastructures require high‐end and low‐end sea‐level rise scenariosproduced for different levels of uncertainty intolerance.
Long‐term decisions such as planning for future improvements in estuarine barriers or developing new coastal zones can be improved through learning scenarios estimating what will be learned about sea‐level rise in the future.INSeaPTION delivers here sea-level projections with quantified uncertainties, allowing to understand which future research and observations can deliver more precise sea-level projections in the coming decades.
My name is Gonéri Le Cozannet (PhD). I am an engineer in space and aeronautics now working at the French Geological Survey on coastal impacts of sea-level rise. I am especially interested in climate change and sea-level rise because this scientific topic has obvious societal implication. My personal motivation in this project and climate services in general is very much related to the cobenefits of mitigation and adaptation, which I think we underestimate a lot.
The French Geological Survey (BRGM), France, is in charge of the project coordination. The University La Rochelle (LIENSs), France, leads the Polynesia case study. The Global Climate Forum (GCF) leads the Global and Maldives case studies. The Mediterranean Institute for Avanced Studies, University of Balearic Islands (IMEDEA), studies waves and extreme water levels. From the Netherlands, the Institute for Marine and Atmospheric research Utrecht, Utrecht University (IMAU) is involved in the work on mean and extreme sea-level changes. The private company CREOCEAN develops the innovation and climate services. INSeaPTION involves research laboratories (IMAU, IMEDEA, LIENSs), applied science institutes (GCF, BRGM) and a private company (CREOCEAN), all concerned with finding adaption solutions for coastal regions. CREOCEAN has a leading role in ocean and coastal management, with experience in many coastal regions, including Maldives and French Polynesia. Some examples of user organisations include the Ministry in charge of Environment in the Maldives, the Government of French Polynesia, Electricité de France, among others.
All documents can be found on the project website: http://www.inseaption.eu/index.php/dissemination/publications
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