Articles | Volume 16, issue 1
Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 16, 209–222, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/nhess-16-209-2016

Special issue: Monitoring and modelling to guide coastal adaptation to extreme...

Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 16, 209–222, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/nhess-16-209-2016

Research article 21 Jan 2016

Research article | 21 Jan 2016

Can an early-warning system help minimize the impacts of coastal storms? A case study of the 2012 Halloween storm, northern Italy

M. D. Harley et al.

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The performance of a state-of-the-art early-warning system for the coastline of Emilia-Romagna in northern Italy is rigorously assessed with regards to a major storm event that occurred in October 2012. It is found that such a system has great potential as a new tool for coastal management, following several improvements to the forecast model chain. What-if scenarios in terms of the construction of artificial dunes prior to this event suggest that this may have helped minimize storm impacts.
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