Coastal flooding by tropical cyclones and sea-level rise

Nature. 2013 Dec 5;504(7478):44-52. doi: 10.1038/nature12855.


The future impacts of climate change on landfalling tropical cyclones are unclear. Regardless of this uncertainty, flooding by tropical cyclones will increase as a result of accelerated sea-level rise. Under similar rates of rapid sea-level rise during the early Holocene epoch most low-lying sedimentary coastlines were generally much less resilient to storm impacts. Society must learn to live with a rapidly evolving shoreline that is increasingly prone to flooding from tropical cyclones. These impacts can be mitigated partly with adaptive strategies, which include careful stewardship of sediments and reductions in human-induced land subsidence.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Conservation of Natural Resources
  • Cyclonic Storms*
  • Ecosystem
  • Floods*
  • Oceans and Seas
  • Tropical Climate*