New Paper on Extreme climate change hazards and impacts on coastal cities

A new paper by Emilio Laino and Gregorio Iglesias from MaREI at University College Cork on ‘Extreme climate change hazards and impacts on European coastal cities: A review’ is available to read here. 


  • Comprehensive understanding of climate change impacts on coastal cities through multifaceted methodology.
  • Systematic scientific literature review of Scopus and Web of Science databases.
  • Local expertise from a collaborative process involving ten diverse European coastal cities.
  • Unique perspective on the complex nature of climate change impacts at city level.
  • Baseline for risk assessments and adaptation strategies considering multiple climate-related hazards.


The intensification of extreme events due climate change and sea-level rise are major challenges to be urgently addressed by Europe’s coastal cities. Coastal hazards have the potential to cause significant damage to coastal communities. Nevertheless, various other climate-related hazards also pose imminent threats. This review paper examines the impacts of climate change on ten European coastal cities by means of a participatory process involving the coastal cities and the review of existing literature. Local expertise is included through the novel concept of Coastal City Living Lab. The study also leverages bibliometric analysis of the Scopus and Web of Science databases, along with a desk review of climate-change related institutions and agencies at international, national, regional and local levels. By combining scientific literature analysis with insights from local experts, this research provides a comprehensive overview of the current situation of these diverse cities in relation to multiple climate-related hazards, which can be extrapolated to other cities. There is a scarcity of scientific data for some of the cities, hence collaboration with the CCLLs was crucial. Results serve as a valuable baseline for future works, introducing detail studies focusing on various climate-related challenges. This paper not only contributes novel insights by including the perceptions of local partners but also offers a unique perspective on the complex nature of climate change impacts at city level.

Read here.