The European Joint Research Centre has published two studies that identify an unprecedented coastal flood risk unless timely climate change adaptation measures are taken. The studies highlight that without such measures:
- average annual coastal flood damage in Europe could increase from just over €1billion today to between €93 billion and €961 billion by the end of the century, and
- coastal floods could impact up to 3.65 million people every year in Europe by 2100, compared to just over 100,000 today
While the reports point out that 1 in 3 EU citizens lives within 50 km of the coast, such findings obviously also have potentially significant implications for ports and coastal waterways.
More information can be found at https://ec.europa.eu/jrc/en/news/europe-needs-coastal-adaptation-measures-avoid-catastrophic-flooding-end-century