Global coastal wetland change under sea-level rise and related stresses: The DIVA Wetland Change Model
Nicholls, Robert J
Global and Planetary Change
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Spencer, T., Schürch, M., Nicholls, R. J., Hinkel, J., Vafeidis, A., Reef, R., McFadden, L., & et al. (2016). Global coastal wetland change under sea-level rise and related stresses: The DIVA Wetland Change Model. Global and Planetary Change, 139 15-30. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.gloplacha.2015.12.018
The Dynamic Interactive Vulnerability Assessment Wetland Change Model (DIVA_WCM) comprises a dataset of contemporary global coastal wetland stocks (estimated at 756 × 10^3 km^2 (in 2011)), mapped to a one-dimensional global database, and a model of the macro-scale controls on wetland response to sea-level rise. Three key drivers of wetland response to sea-level rise are considered: 1) rate of sea-level rise relative to tidal range; 2) lateral accommodation space; and 3) sediment supply. The model is tuned by expert knowledge, parameterised with quantitative data where possible, and validated against mapping associated with two large-scale mangrove and saltmarsh vulnerability studies. It is applied across 12,148 coastal segments (mean length 85 km) to the year 2100. The model provides better-informed macro-scale projections of likely patterns of future coastal wetland losses across a range of sea-level rise scenarios and varying assumptions about the construction of coastal dikes to prevent sea flooding (as dikes limit lateral accommodation space and cause coastal squeeze). With 50 cm of sea-level rise by 2100, the model predicts a loss of 46–59% of global coastal wetland stocks. A global coastal wetland loss of 78% is estimated under high sea-level rise (110 cm by 2100) accompanied by maximum dike construction. The primary driver for high vulnerability of coastal wetlands to sea-level rise is coastal squeeze, a consequence of long-term coastal protection strategies. Under low sea-level rise (29 cm by 2100) losses do not exceed ca. 50% of the total stock, even for the same adverse dike construction assumptions. The model results confirm that the widespread paradigm that wetlands subject to a micro-tidal regime are likely to be more vulnerable to loss than macro-tidal environments. Countering these potential losses will require both climate mitigation (a global response) to minimise sea-level rise and maximisation of accommodation space and sediment supply (a regional response) on low-lying coasts.
tidal wetlands, wetland vulnerability, wetland transitions, wetland loss, accommodation space, sea-level rise
The authors gratefully acknowledge funding from the European Union under contract number EVK2-2000-22024. They thank all their partners in the DINAS-COAST project Dynamic and Interactive Assessment of National, Regional and Global Vulnerability of Coastal Zones to Climate Change and Sea-level rise. We are grateful to staff at UNEP-WCMC for generous access to evolving databases on global coastal wetland extent: Jon Hutton, Hannah Thomas, Jan-Willem van Bochove, Simon Blyth and Chris McOwen. Current wetland databases held at WCMC build upon the pioneering efforts of Mark Spalding and Carmen Lacambra.
External DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.gloplacha.2015.12.018
This record's URL: https://www.repository.cam.ac.uk/handle/1810/253237
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