Introduction

After studying the fundamentals of problems caused to human establishments by erosion, sea level rise, and other impacts of climate change, we will now embark on a small journey across the world that will lead us through 5 countries, three provinces, and several territories which lie on different oceans, seas and gulfs (Atlantic Ocean, Mediterranean Sea, North Sea, Caribbean Sea, Gulf of Saint Lawrence, Bay of Fundy, Gulf of Guinea).

The case studies stem from research projects that have been led on the different territories by the respective authors. They allow to compare the impacts of climate change in different coastal territories, the vulnerability of coastal populations, depending on the geographical, socio-economical, political or historical characteristics, and to examine how adaptation strategies vary or differ in these various environments.

In order to navigate through these case studies, you can use the menu on the left which has links to the individual case studies. There is no particular order for the case studies. Each case study is self-contained and does not require knowledge of the other case studies. It is however recommended for the non expert to go through the modules 2 and 3 before embarking on the case studies. Of course, the most interesting aspect of the case studies is their comparison, it is therefore pertinent to study more than one case study. The length, detail level, and orientation varies between the case studies, since they are all derived from specific research projects that were not identical in length and methodology and followed different objectives. The case studies thus also represent the diversity of research approaches led in the coastal zone, with an emphasis however on decision-making and participatory approaches.

This map of the world shows the locations of the case studies in Quebec, New Brunswick, Haiti, Martinique and Guadeloupe, France and Senegal.

Source : Wikipedia, http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:A_large_blank_world_map_with_oceans_marked_in_blue.PNG

Learning objectives

At the end of this module, you will be able to: 

  • Explore the different adaptation strategies of contrasted coastal regions;
  • Explore the geographical and social variability of coastal adaptation problems;
  • Understand how the geomorphological and socio-economic context influences adaptation strategies;
  • Apply the key concepts of risk, vulnerability, adaptation and resilience to actual contexts;
  • Transpose the knowledge of the first two modules to applied case studies.