Climate change for Coastal Areas: Risks, Adaptation and Acceptability

Published 23 September, 2019

Coasts are attractive territories for humans and their activities. In 2000, 21% of the world's population lived in urbanised areas located less than 30 km from the seashore. Despite the high attractiveness of these areas, several risks related to climate change, especially sea level rise, will turn in people, housing and infrastructure located in these coastal areas more exposed. For example, in 2011, 200 million people were exposed to extreme weather-related marine risks and all trends indicate that this number would increase.

Beyond the mitigation policies that are essential to reduce the effects of climate change, the adaptation of coastal areas is crucial in the short and medium terms. To imagine the future of these territories taking into account all their diversity, adaptation must be seen in a broad sense (protection, accommodation, retreat). Choices must be made taking into account the efficiency, associated costs and acceptability of adaptation measures in the short, medium and long terms.

The challenge of this special issue is therefore to reflect on the adaptation process, which should be technically feasible, economically viable and socially acceptable. It will bring together papers from experts and practitioners proposing a multidisciplinary review on:

  • assessment of the effects of climate change,
  • adaptation solutions, both from a technical and an economic points of view,
  • measuring the perception of risks,
  • discussion about the possible barriers to adaptation including the acceptability of the measures, as well as
  • examples of decision-making processes for adaptation.


Manuscript Submission Information:

Manuscripts should be submitted online at by registering and logging in to this website. Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page at

Ensure that you mention this Special Issue call for papers in your cover letter. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All manuscripts will be peer-reviewed. Manuscripts will be published continuously online immediately on acceptance. All accepted manuscripts will be listed together on the Special Issue website.

Guest Editors:

Emilio, Bastidas-Arteaga, University of Nantes, France

Axel Creach, Sorbonne Université, France

Deadline for manuscript submissions is 31 December, 2019.

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