Release of the 5th Ramsar Briefing Note -- Evaluating the risk to Ramsar Sites from climate change induced sea level rise
The Ramsar Scientific and Technical Review Panel's new Briefing Note, Evaluating the risk to Ramsar Sites from climate change induced sea level rise, together with its web map service and data sets developed by and available from the Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN) of Columbia University, present a preliminary assessment of coastal Ramsar Sites across the world that are at risk of inundation as a consequence of sea level rise.
The findings summarized in this illustrated 18-page paper provide a first supporting tool for site managers and local authorities in assessing adaptation strategies to climate change; they also underscore the importance of having accurate geospatial data on boundary locations of all Ramsar Sites for use in such spatial analyses that can contribute to site management planning and monitoring and climate change adaptation measures.
The authors of the new Briefing Note are Alex de Sherbinin, STRP observer for the Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN) in collaboration with Allison Lacko and Malanding Jaiteh (CIESIN).
The Ramsar Scientific and Technical Briefing Notes series is prepared by the Ramsar Convention's Scientific and Technical Review Panel (STRP) in order to share relevant, credible and interesting scientific and technical information on wetlands with a broad audience. All of them are in English, but some are also available in French and Spanish. The list of titles can be found at www.ramsar.org/BN, and this new Note is available in PDF format at www.ramsar.org/bn/bn5.pdf.
Scientific and Technical Support Officer