Adaptative Approach to Rising Sea Level

Policy responses to climate change can generally be classified into 2: mitigation and adaptation. Mitigation addresses the root causes by reducing greenhouse gas emissions, while adaptation seeks to lower the risks posed by the consequences of climatic changes. Both approaches are necessary because even if emissions are dramatically decreased in the next decade, adaptation will still be needed to deal with the global changes that have already been taking place.

However, as climate change projections remain uncertain in the longer term, traditional paradigm for the planning, design and implementation of coastal protection plans need to be changed to be more flexible and adaptive. Efficient and effective planning and design of coastal adaptation plans need to be applied to cater for a longer-term protection. The presentation will cover such flexible adaptation planning model and illustrate the use of climate change decision support system to aid policy maker in formulating adaptation measures.