Seascape II - Evaluating adaptation actions against future extreme floods considering sea level rise at Lübeck

Within the research project SEASCApe II researchers from the university of Kiel, university of Rostock and the Global Climate Forum Berlin are working on a flood risk analysis to evaluate adaptation measures under consideration of climate change. Particularly sea level rise, caused by climate change, increases the risk for extreme flood events at coasts. In coorporation with the municipality of Lübeck, the researchers work on a case study that analyses future flood risks and suitable adaptation measures for the city of Lübeck. The case study consists of three work packages. First, Leigh MacPherson and J.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Arne Arns from Rostock analyse height and frequency of future flood events by means of statistical methods in the Bay of Lübeck. These results serve as an input for a flood inundation model, which is developed by Sunna Kupfer and Prof. Dr. Athanasios Vafeidis, which is the basis for quantifying potential flood damages. In the last step, Vanessa Völz and PD. Dr. Jochen Hinkel from the Global Climate Forum evaluate adaptation measures for Lübeck with respect to potential flood damages under different sea level rise scenarios. The end product of this project then informs decision-makers about economically efficient protection measures, e.g. storm surge barrier or sea walls, for the city of Lübeck.