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Development of a coastal data hub for stakeholder access in the Caribbean region

Jevrejeva, Svetlana; Matthews, Andrew; Williams, Joanne. 2019 Development of a coastal data hub for stakeholder access in the Caribbean region. Southampton, National Oceanography Centre, 27pp. (National Oceanography Centre Research and Consultancy Report, 67)

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Abstract/Summary

The Caribbean islands encompass some of the most vulnerable coastlines in terms of sea level rise, exposure to tropical cyclones, changes in waves and storm surges. Climate in the Caribbean is already changing and sea level rise impacts are already being felt. Considerable local and regional variations in the rate, magnitude, and direction of sea-level change can be expected as a result of thermal expansion, tectonic movements, and changes in ocean circulation. Governments in the Caribbean recognise that climate change and sea level rise are serious threats to the sustainable development and economic growth of the Caribbean islands and urgent actions are required to increase the resilience and make decisions about how to adapt to future climate change (Caribbean Marine Climate Change Report Card 2017; IPCC 2014). Although the level of vulnerability will vary from island to island, it is expected that practically all small island states will be adversely affected by sea level rise. In this report we present our initial design of a coastal data hub with sea level information for stakeholder access in St. Vincent and Grenadines, Grenada and St Lucia, with potential development of the hub for the Caribbean region. The work presented here is a contribution to the wide range of ongoing activities under the Commonwealth Marine Economies (CME) Programme in the Caribbean, falling within the work package 2.8 “Development of a coastal data hub for stakeholder access in the Caribbean region”, under the NOC led project “Climate Change Impact Assessment: Ocean Modelling and Monitoring for the Caribbean CME states”, 2018-2019.

Item Type: Publication - Report (UNSPECIFIED)
Funders/Sponsors: NERC
NORA Subject Terms: Marine Sciences
Date made live: 17 Jun 2019 15:48 +0 (UTC)
URI: http://nora.nerc.ac.uk/id/eprint/523770

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