Policy research working paper 4901:
This paper assesses the vulnerability of the world’s coastal zones to intensification of storm surges. Its results indicate very heavy potential losses that are much more concentrated in some regions and countries than others. Its aim is that these large, globally pervasive potential impacts would further strengthen the case for rapid action to protect endangered coastal populations.
A detailed GIS analysis is used to estimate the impact of future storm surge increases associated with more intense storms and a 1 m sea-level rise. After delineating future inundation zones, this information is overlaid with indicators for coastal populations, settlements, economic activity, and 33 wetlands.
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