A Roadmap for Policy-Relevant Sea-Level Rise Research in the United Arab Emirates

Hannah Melville-Rea, Clare Eayrs, Nasser Anwahi, John A. Burt, Denise Holland, Fatin Samara, Francesco Paparella, Ahmed Hassan Al Murshidi, Maryam Rashed Al-Shehhi, David M. Holland

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Abstract

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has a long-term policy horizon, the financial capital, and a vision for a sustainable knowledge-based economy. These characteristics uniquely situate it as a potential leader for sea-level rise research. Climate science is already growing, and at the center of the UAE's pivot toward climate research is a burgeoning concern for sea-level rise. Over 85% of the UAE's population and more than 90% of the nation's infrastructure is within a few meters of present-day sea-level. With its low-lying and shallow-sloping geography (about 35 cm per km), this high-value coastline, including the rapidly expanding cities of Dubai and Abu Dhabi, is particularly vulnerable to sea-level rise. Meanwhile, limited regional research and data scarcity create deep uncertainty for sea-level projections. We set out a potential roadmap for the UAE to capitalize on its strengths to create usable and relevant sea-level projections for the region. With a newly established Climate Change Research Network, the UAE government is beginning to draw together universities and research centers for “furthering effective data collection and management, and advancing policy-relevant research on climate impacts and adaptation1.” By consolidating ideas from the science community within the UAE, we identify promoters and barriers to data gathering, information sharing, science-policy communication, and funding access. Our paper proposes pathways forward for the UAE to integrate sea-level science with coastal development and form best practices that can be scaled across climate science and throughout the region.

Original languageEnglish
Article number670089
JournalFrontiers in Marine Science
Volume8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 22 2021

Keywords

  • Arabian Gulf
  • United Arab Emirates
  • adaptation
  • climate change
  • sea-level rise

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oceanography
  • Global and Planetary Change
  • Aquatic Science
  • Water Science and Technology
  • Environmental Science (miscellaneous)
  • Ocean Engineering

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