Reef-shaped coastlines: effects of climate change

Ocean Decade ID : 102.4
Lead Institution
Lead Institution Contact Person

Eduardo Siegle –

Lead Institution Contact Person

Eduardo Siegle –

Countries where the project will be implemented
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Tropical coastal regions are commonly influenced by the presence of reef structures that define coastal processes and consequently the shape of their coastline. Wave attenuation by coastal reefs results in depositional regions on the adjacent coast. In scenarios of rising sea levels, changes in wave climate and loss of structural complexity of reefs, these regions will become increasingly vulnerable to the action of waves and coastal flooding. Thus, we aim to understand the hydro- and morphodynamic processes in reef-shaped coastlines of the Brazilian tropical coast. The combined approach of field experiments, satellite images and numerical experiments will allow the understanding of processes at different time scales. Thereby, we seek to understand the current coastal processes, controlled by the presence of reef structures, and based on this knowledge, carry out future projections of the behavior of the coastline and coastal flooding that affect the use of the adjacent coastal region.

Team Members
  • Michel Michaelovitch de Mahiques (USP)
  • Miguel Mies (USP); Ronaldo Francini Filho (USP)
  • Anderson Targino Ferreira (USP)
  • Fabiano Lopes Thompson (UFRJ)
  • Cristiane Carneiro Thompson (UFRJ)
  • Marcos Eduardo Cordeiro Bernardes (UFSB)
  • Mirella Borba Santos Ferreira Costa (UFPE)
  • Beatrice Padovani Ferreira (UFPE)
  • Paulo Henrique Gomes de Oliveira Sousa (UFC)
  • Nils Edvin Asp Neto (UFPA)