Tsunami hazards in Europe

Environ Int. 2004 Jun;30(4):577-85. doi: 10.1016/j.envint.2003.10.005.


Tsunami represents one of the most potentially serious forms of coastal flood risk. Although much is known on the recorded history of tsunamis for given areas of the world, very little information is available on the occurrence of palaeotsunamis during prehistory. This is of fundamental importance in calculating tsunami flood risk for any given coastal area. Given sufficient information on past tsunami activity for a particular coastal area, the numerical calculation of aggregate coastal flood risk (including tsunami) for a coastal area is very difficult to estimate since one needs also to take into account the risk of a tsunami and a storm surge taking place simultaneously during a high tide. Estimates of coastal flood risk also need to consider future changes in relative sea level caused by the combined effects of global climate change and vertical movements of the lithosphere.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Disasters*
  • Europe
  • Geological Phenomena
  • Geology
  • Oceans and Seas
  • Risk Assessment
  • Water Movements*