Coastal Processes, Hazards, and Society

Summary and Final Tasks


Summary and Final Tasks


This module has introduced some broad ideas about the distribution of communities around the world that are experiencing increased vulnerability to coastal hazards due to their proximity to tidal waters and various other geomorphic and societal factors. The module directed you to explore data compiled by the World Bank and other agencies that rank the vulnerability of coastal cities using many variables, including economic measures. You have gained experience in using Google Earth, a powerful free online tool that enables us to investigate places in terms of their physical (elevation, proximity to water, geographic location, etc.), and societal characteristics, including the economy. These tools have enabled you to make comparisons among cities across the globe and to reach your own conclusions about how these characteristics affect the vulnerability ranking. This module is designed to be a jumping-off point for the course and to lead into a more detailed look at coastal hazards and society.

Reminder - Complete all of the Module 1 tasks!

You have reached the end of Module 1! Double-check the Module 1 Roadmap (in Goals and Objectives) to make sure you have completed all of the activities listed there before you begin Module 2.

References and Further Reading

Hallegatte, Stephane, Colin Green, Robert J. Nicholls, and Jan Corfee-Morlot; Future flood losses in major coastal cities. Nature: Climate Change: LETTERS: PUBLISHED ONLINE: 18 AUGUST 2013 |, DOI: 10.1038/NCLIMATE1979.

Nature climate change: Supplementary Information - Future flood losses in major coastal cities.

Tatyana Deryugina, Laura Kawano, and Steven Levitt, The Economic Impact of Hurricane Katrina on its Victims: Evidence from Individual Tax Returns.