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Water 2015, 7(9), 4971-4998; doi:10.3390/w7094971

Territorial Vulnerability Assessment Supporting Risk Managing Coastal Areas Due to Tsunami Impact

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Centre for Geographical Studies, Institute of Geography and Spatial Planning, Universidade deLisboa, Edifício da Faculdade de Letras, Alameda da Universidade, Lisboa 1600-214, Portugal
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Center for Social Studies, Earth Sciences Department, University of Coimbra, Rua Sílvio Lima, Polo II, Coimbra 3030-790, Portugal
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Academic Editor: Richard Smardon
Received: 29 June 2015 / Revised: 7 September 2015 / Accepted: 9 September 2015 / Published: 15 September 2015
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Abstract

Portugal’s coastline extends 1187 km. It is characterized by social, economic and physical conditions that differentiate it from the rest of the territory, including population density, location of infrastructure and support of tourism activities. Therefore, it has a significant exposure if a tsunami occurs. Six coastal study sites with varying characteristics were selected for evaluation in this paper, including two core beach-use areas, two residential areas and two industrial areas. These sites are located in the municipalities of Figueira da Foz, Setúbal and Vila do Bispo. The analysis began with the calculation of the potential tsunami inundation area for each site using the 1755 Lisbon tsunami. Next, a methodology distinguished by its multidimensional character was applied to assess local vulnerability to tsunamis. This methodology assesses vulnerabilities associated with morphological, structural, social and tax factors. These four vulnerability components were combined to obtain a Composite Vulnerability Index (CVI), which enabled us to identify the most vulnerable areas and to determine the distinguishing characteristics of each area. View Full-Text
Keywords: coastal area; tsunami; vulnerability; beach-use areas; residential areas; industrial areas coastal area; tsunami; vulnerability; beach-use areas; residential areas; industrial areas
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Barros, J.L.; Tavares, A.O.; Santos, A.; Fonte, A. Territorial Vulnerability Assessment Supporting Risk Managing Coastal Areas Due to Tsunami Impact. Water 2015, 7, 4971-4998.

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