OECD Environment Working Papers

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Assessing Climate Change Impacts, Sea Level Rise and Storm Surge Risk in Port Cities

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Stéphane Hallegatte1, Nicola Patmore2, Olivier Mestre3, Patrice Dumas1, Jan Corfee-Morlot4, Celine Herweijer2, Robert Muir-Wood2
Author Affiliations
  • 1: Centre International de Recherche sur l'Environnement et le Développement, France

  • 2: Risk Managment Solutions Limited, United Kingdom

  • 3: Ecole Nationale de la Météorologie, Météo France, France

  • 4: OECD, France

08 oct 2008
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This study illustrates a methodology to assess economic impacts of climate change at city scale, focusing on sea level rise and storm surge. It is based on a statistical analysis of past storm surges in the studied city, matched to a geographical-information analysis of the population and asset exposure in the city, for various sea levels and storm surge characteristics. An assessment of direct losses in case of storm surge (i.e. of the damages to buildings and building content) can then be computed and the corresponding indirect losses – in the form of production and job losses, reconstruction duration, amongst other loses – deduced, allowing a risk analysis of the effectiveness of coastal flood protections, including risk changes due to climate change and sea level rise. This methodology is applied in the city of Copenhagen, capital of Denmark, which is potentially vulnerable to the effects of variability in sea level, as a low lying city....
natural disasters, climate change, CIS, government policy, global warming, sustainable development
Classification JEL:
  • E20: Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics / Consumption, Saving, Production, Investment, Labor Markets, and Informal Economy / General
  • O18: Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth / Economic Development / Urban, Rural, Regional, and Transportation Analysis ; Housing ; Infrastructure
  • Q01: Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics ; Environmental and Ecological Economics / General / Sustainable Development
  • Q54: Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics ; Environmental and Ecological Economics / Environmental Economics / Climate ; Natural Disasters and Their Management ; Global Warming
  • Q58: Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics ; Environmental and Ecological Economics / Environmental Economics / Government Policy
  • R10: Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics / General Regional Economics / General
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