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The coastal hazard wheel presents a framework for assessing inherent climate change hazards in coastal environments through a combined coastal classification and hazard evaluation system.

The framework is developed to be used at scales relevant for regional and national planning and aims to cover all coastal environments worldwide through a specially designed coastal classification system containing 113 generic coastal types.

The framework provides information on the degree to which key climate change hazards are inherent in a particular coastal environment, and covers the hazards of ecosystem disruption, gradual inundation, salt water intrusion, erosion and flooding. The system includes a total of 565 individual hazard evaluations, each graduated into four different hazard levels based on a scientific literature review.

The framework uses a simple assessment methodology with limited data and computing requirements, allowing for application in developing country settings. It is presented as a graphical tool—the Coastal Hazard Wheel—to ease its application for planning purposes.

Product Type
Knowledge & Learning
Focus Area
Climate Resilient Development
Scope / Extension
Coastal Areas (special case)
Methodological Steps
Spatial / Geographical Coverage Location
Current Version
March 2012
File Size (for download)
0.8 Mb
e-Learning available
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