The world’s coastal areas – and the people living along them – are highly vulnerable to climate change. The IPCC’s recent AR5 report (2014) states with very high confidence that “coastal systems and low-lying areas will increasingly experience adverse impacts such as submergence, coastal flooding and coastal erosion due to relative sea level rise” (ch. 5 p. 2). Although climate change is an inherently uncertain process, certain trajectories of change are predicted with increasing confidence, including rising average global temperatures and sea level rise. However, the impacts of these changes on coastal and island communities are more complex than the widely reported ‘global warming-ice melt-sea level rise’ narrative might suggest. This makes it all the more important that we learn how best to adapt to these impacts through effective monitoring and evaluation of current adaptation practice.
Hills of Dalat, Vietnam
Mekong River in Laos
Satellite snapshot of tropical storm in Burma