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J. Mar. Sci. Eng. 2015, 3(3), 520-538; doi:10.3390/jmse3030520

Novel Solution for Low-Lying Land Areas Safe from Natural Hazards—Toward Reconstruction of Lost Coastal Areas in Northeast Japan

Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, Tokyo Metropolitan University, 1-1 Minamiohsawa, Hachioji, Tokyo 192-0397, Japan
These two authors contributed equally to this work.
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Received: 13 May 2015 / Accepted: 26 June 2015 / Published: 10 July 2015

Abstract

The imminent fear of water-related hazards such as flooding hangs over low-lying areas, in particular now because climate changes have led to increased hazards, like storm surges, that could result in serious harm. This paper aims to provide a novel solution—namely “the floating platform”—that can transform dangerous low-lying areas into those safeguarded against potential hazards. Additionally, by utilizing this solution as a secure base for society to build atop this new artificial reservoir, we offer a better future role for such areas. Meanwhile, we propose adoption of our concept soon at two low-lying areas in northeast Japan hard-hit by the huge 11 March 2011 tsunami: Sendai’s Arahama coastal district and the still-devastated residential harbor area of Kesennuma, both cities in need of a fresh perspective. View Full-Text
Keywords: sea level rise; storm surge; coastal hazards; flooding; climate change sea level rise; storm surge; coastal hazards; flooding; climate change
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Nakajima, T.; Umeyama, M. Novel Solution for Low-Lying Land Areas Safe from Natural Hazards—Toward Reconstruction of Lost Coastal Areas in Northeast Japan. J. Mar. Sci. Eng. 2015, 3, 520-538.

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