Vulnerability of West Africa to Accelerated Sea-Level Rise

by R. J. Nicholls, Univ of Maryland, College Park, United States,
L. F. Awosika, Univ of Maryland, College Park, United States,
I. Niang-Diop, Univ of Maryland, College Park, United States,
K. C. Dennis, Univ of Maryland, College Park, United States,
G. T. French, Univ of Maryland, College Park, United States,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastlines of Western Africa

Abstract: Studies of Senegal and Nigeria are reviewed in the context of regional vulnerability to accelerated sea-level rise. They suggest that West Africa is particularly vulnerable for a number of physical, socio-economic and institutional reasons. Existing hazards in the coastal zone, including erosion, are already significant. Effective policies to deal with these existing problems are required and would also reduce vulnerability to accelerated sea-level rise.

Subject Headings: Sea level | Coastal management | Developing countries | Erosion | Coastal environment | Social factors | Economic factors | Geohazards | Africa | West Africa | Nigeria | Senegal

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