Vulnerability of Coastal Beach Tourism to Flooding: A Case Study of Galicia, Spain
AbstractFlooding, as a result of heavy rains and/or storm surges, is a persistent problem in coastal areas. Under scenarios of climate change, there are expectations that flooding events will become more frequent in some areas and potentially more intense. This poses a potential threat to coastal communities relying heavily on coastal resources, such as beaches for tourism. This paper develops a methodology for the assessment of coastal flooding risks, based on an index that compares 16 hydrogeomorphological, biophysical, human exposure and resilience indicators, with a specific focus on tourism. The paper then uses an existing flood vulnerability assessment of 724 beaches in Galicia (Spain) to test the index for tourism. Results indicate that approximately 10% of tourism beaches are at high risk to flooding, including 10 urban and 36 rural beaches. Implications for adaptation and coastal management are discussed. View Full-Text
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Toubes, D.R.; Gössling, S.; Hall, C.M.; Scott, D. Vulnerability of Coastal Beach Tourism to Flooding: A Case Study of Galicia, Spain. Environments 2017, 4, 83.
Toubes DR, Gössling S, Hall CM, Scott D. Vulnerability of Coastal Beach Tourism to Flooding: A Case Study of Galicia, Spain. Environments. 2017; 4(4):83.Chicago/Turabian Style
Toubes, Diego R.; Gössling, Stefan; Hall, C. M.; Scott, Daniel. 2017. "Vulnerability of Coastal Beach Tourism to Flooding: A Case Study of Galicia, Spain." Environments 4, no. 4: 83.
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