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Coastal Hazards

Coastal Hazards

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Published by: earthandlife on Jun 14, 2012
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or their natural beauty, the recreational opportunities they oer, and the economicbenets that result rom such coastal industries as tourism, shipping, and shing. Morethan hal the world’s populations have settled along a coastline, and the number o people inhabiting coastal areas is projected to increase in the coming decades.Although living along a coast has many advantages, it also comes with a unique set o haz-ards that can threaten lives, property, and economies. Natural disasters and shoreline erosionare two o the main threats that coastal communities ace. Such communities are particularlyvulnerable to hurricanes and tsunamis, and as more people move to the coast, the potential o such events causing catastrophic loss o lie and property damage also rises. Shoreline erosion,a worldwide phenomenon that is oten exacerbated by coastal storms, is also increasing due toa number o actors, including sea level rise and loss o wetland buer areas.New scientic advances are helping government agencies and local communities deal withcoastal hazards more eectively and develop long-term hazard management plans.
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