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Vulnerability of Coastal Beach Tourism to Flooding: A Case Study of Galicia, Spain
Univ Vigo, Spain.
Linnaeus University, School of Business and Economics, Department of Organisation and Entrepreneurship. Lund University;Western Norway Res Inst, Norway.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0505-9207
Linnaeus University, School of Business and Economics, Department of Organisation and Entrepreneurship. Univ Canterbury, New Zealand.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-7734-4587
Univ Waterloo, Canada.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7825-9301
2017 (English)In: Environments, ISSN 2076-3298, Vol. 4, no 4, article id 83Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Flooding, 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.

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2017. Vol. 4, no 4, article id 83
Keywords [en]
beaches, climate change, flooding, tourism, vulnerability
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Economics and Business
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Tourism
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-72111DOI: 10.3390/environments4040083ISI: 000419146600017OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-72111DiVA, id: diva2:1195241
Available from: 2018-04-04 Created: 2018-04-04 Last updated: 2018-04-04Bibliographically approved

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