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The Tordera Delta, a hotspot to storm impacts in the coast northwards ofBarcelona (NW Mediterranean).

Jiménez, J.A., Sanuy, M., Ballesteros, C. and Valdemoro, H.I., 2018. The Tordera Delta, a hotspot to storm impacts in the coast northwards ofBarcelona (NW Mediterranean). Coastal Engineering, 134 (April), 148 - 158.

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DOI: 10.1016/j.coastaleng.2017.08.012


The Catalan coast, as most of the developed Mediterranean coastal zone, can be characterized as a high-risk area to the impact of storms due to the large concentrationof values together with the dominance of eroding shorelines. In consequence, any long-term coastal management scheme must include a risk analysis to permitdecision makers to better allocate resources. This can be done in a nested approach in which hotspots are first identified along the coast at a regional scale andsecondly, they are further analysed to produce dedicated risk reduction strategies. In this work, we apply the methodology developed within the RISC-KIT project foridentifying and analysing coastal hotspots in the Catalan coast as a test for applying it to Mediterranean conditions. Obtained results show that this methodology isvery efficient in identifying hotspots of storm-induced flooding and erosion at a regional scale. The adoption of the response approach resulted in the direct assessmentof the hazards' probability distributions, which allowed for the selection of the severity of the hotspots to be identified. When a given coastal stretch behaves as ahotspot for both hazards, it is identified as a very highly-sensitive area to storm impacts. In the study area, the Tordera Delta possesses this condition of very high“hotspotness.” This has been demonstrated by the large and frequent damages suffered by the site during the past decades. The paper analyses different aspects related to the risk management of this area, including stakeholder actions.

Item Type:Article
Group:Faculty of Science & Technology
ID Code:30843
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Deposited On:11 Jun 2018 10:29
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