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Shifting perspectives on coastal impacts and adaptation

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change reports reflect evolving attitudes in adapting to sea-level rise by taking a systems approach and recognizing that multiple responses exist to achieve a less hazardous coast.

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Figure 1: A systems approach to long-term strategic adaptation policies and planning (adapted from Fig. 6.1 of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)'s Fourth Assessment Report6).
Figure 2: Evolution of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) coastal chapter from the First to Fifth Assessment Reports (1990–2014) and its methodological approaches1,3,4,5,6.


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The authors developed this contribution at a workshop funded by the Worldwide Universities Network hosted by the University of Southampton, UK, with subsequent writing funded by the European Commission's Seventh Framework Programme's collaborative project RISES-AM-(contract FP7-ENV-2013-two-stage-603396).

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Brown, S., Nicholls, R., Hanson, S. et al. Shifting perspectives on coastal impacts and adaptation. Nature Clim Change 4, 752–755 (2014).

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