Tropical Cyclone Damage to Coastal Defenses: Future Influence of Climate Change and Sea Level Rise on Shallow Coastal Areas in Southern Vietnam.

Miguel Esteban, Hiroshi Takagi, Nguyen Danh Thao

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Abstract

Greater concentrations of greenhouse gases could bring about an increase in the pace of sea level rise and typhoon intensity in the future. The number of hours that buildings and infrastructure will be affected by high wind speeds is likely to increase in the future, and this could create a number of problems for coastal infrastructure and housing. The effect that sea level rise will have on the construction of breakwaters is also investigated, showing how this will cause an increase in the required materials (and thus the cost) to build and maintain these and other types of sea defenses. Although higher typhoon wind speeds could also increase the size of waves reaching the coastline, the mild slope bathymetries in the south of the country are likely to limit this effect. In areas such as Phan Thiet, the shallow nearshore bathymetry breaks the waves long before they reach the coastline, effectively shielding it from the worst types of waves. However, an increase in sea levels will allow bigger waves to reach the coastline, and require heavier armor to be used in revetments and breakwaters.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCoastal Disasters and Climate Change in Vietnam
Subtitle of host publicationEngineering and Planning Perspectives
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Pages233-255
Number of pages23
ISBN (Electronic)9780128004791
ISBN (Print)9780128000076
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014 Jun 4
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Climate change adaptation
  • Coastal disaster
  • Coastal erosion
  • Coastal sustainable development
  • Sea level rise
  • Tropical cyclones
  • Wind and wave damage

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Science(all)

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    Esteban, M., Takagi, H., & Thao, N. D. (2014). Tropical Cyclone Damage to Coastal Defenses: Future Influence of Climate Change and Sea Level Rise on Shallow Coastal Areas in Southern Vietnam. In Coastal Disasters and Climate Change in Vietnam: Engineering and Planning Perspectives (pp. 233-255). Elsevier Inc.. https://doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-12-800007-6.00011-3