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Effects of climate change on the coasts of Latin America and the Caribbean

ECLAC, the Climate Change Office  (part of the Ministry of Agriculture, Fishing, Food and Environment of the Government of Spain), and the Environmental Hydraulics Institute of the University of Cantabria have developed a methodology specifically for evaluating the impacts of climate change in coastal areas of Latin America and the Caribbean, which is now available for use by the countries of the region.

The methodology and related tools are outputs of the Regional study on the effects of climate change on the coasts of Latin America and the Caribbean which can be useful evaluating impacts, suggesting adaptation measures and performing an economic analysis of their implications in coastal areas. The findings of this study can also complement the local scale analysis provided by the Economic Studies of Climate Change (RECCS), whose technical aspects are coordinated by ECLAC, to help the countries to identify the implications of climate change over their economies and citizens.

The Regional study on the effects of climate change on the coasts of Latin America and the Caribbean includes six publications: four main publications and two supporting documents.

The first publications analyze the dynamics on the coasts of the region, the vulnerability, the possible impacts and the factors to evaluate the risks. One of the supporting documents is focused on the theoretical effects of climate change, being a manual of concepts, processes and coastal phenomena analyzed during the study. The other document presents the study’s methodology developed to examine the risk as an integral process.

Finally, the study includes a web viewer and its database which can be used to georeference dynamics and impacts with a spatial resolution of five kilometers for the region’s entire coastline.

 

*It is suggested to open the web viewer using Mozilla Firefox