On a world scale, global warming and a consequent significant rise in sea level would have severe
impacts for some low-lying coasts and islands. The consequences for the UK are in general
perceived as amenable to technological control, such as through the construction of more resilient
sea defences. Perhaps the best example is the Thames Barrier, which was erected to protect London
from severe floods with a design that allowed for a predicted sea level rise until the year 2030.This
chapter is possibly one of the first attempts to address the issue of coastal floods, from the
perspective of human risk and the health consequences as a result of rising sea levels and a potential
increase in storminess. Our analysis presents a complex picture in which we find significant
limitations in the current state of hazard and risk analysis of coastal floods and recommends that
these need to be addressed before the impact of climate change on human health can be
Baxter, P. J; Moller, I; Spencer, T; Spence, R. J; Tapsell, S.
Reino Unido. Department of Health. Health of effects of climate change in the UK. London, DH
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