"“Usable sea level rise information for Dutch coastal cities”"

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Sea level rise, a climate related issue, is a growing concern for Dutch coastal cities as it is linked with consequences such as a higher chance of flooding, salinization or beach erosion. In order to adapt to sea level rise, it is needed to provide tailored information to responsible stakeholders, such as water boards, Rijkswaterstaat, provinces, municipalities or ports. During the last couple of decades, a lot of scientific information regarding the issue of sea level rise has been made available by scientists, which is often translated into coastal climate services. However, a mismatch between the information provided by climate scientists and the information needs of the end-users of coastal climate services can be observed, leading to various usability gaps. Because of this, the goal of this research is to identify the factors that influence the usability gaps within coastal climate services used in Dutch coastal cities. To be able to do so, the framework proposed by Raaphorst et al. (2020) has been used to categorize different kinds of usability gaps. Within this thesis, desk research and semi-structured interviews with various stakeholders responsible for sea level rise adaptation have been conducted in the cases of Rotterdam and Vlissingen.
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