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  Economic damages from Hurricane Sandy attributable to sea level rise caused by anthropogenic climate change

Strauss, B. H., Orton, P. M., Bittermann, K., Buchanan, M. K., Gilford, D. M., Kopp, R. E., Kulp, S., Massey, C., Moel, H. d., Vinogradov, S. (2021): Economic damages from Hurricane Sandy attributable to sea level rise caused by anthropogenic climate change. - Nature Communications, 12, 2720.
https://doi.org/10.1038/s41467-021-22838-1

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Strauss, Benjamin H.1, Author
Orton, Philip M.1, Author
Bittermann, Klaus2, Author              
Buchanan, Maya K.1, Author
Gilford, Daniel M.1, Author
Kopp, Robert E.1, Author
Kulp, Scott1, Author
Massey, Chris1, Author
Moel, Hans de1, Author
Vinogradov, Sergey1, Author
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2Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, ou_persistent13              

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 Abstract: In 2012, Hurricane Sandy hit the East Coast of the United States, creating widespread coastal flooding and over $60 billion in reported economic damage. The potential influence of climate change on the storm itself has been debated, but sea level rise driven by anthropogenic climate change more clearly contributed to damages. To quantify this effect, here we simulate water levels and damage both as they occurred and as they would have occurred across a range of lower sea levels corresponding to different estimates of attributable sea level rise. We find that approximately $8.1B ($4.7B–$14.0B, 5th–95th percentiles) of Sandy’s damages are attributable to climate-mediated anthropogenic sea level rise, as is extension of the flood area to affect 71 (40–131) thousand additional people. The same general approach demonstrated here may be applied to impact assessments for other past and future coastal storms.

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Language(s): eng - English
 Dates: 2021-03-192021-05-182021-05-18
 Publication Status: Finally published
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 Rev. Type: Peer
 Identifiers: DOI: 10.1038/s41467-021-22838-1
PIKDOMAIN: RD1 - Earth System Analysis
Organisational keyword: RD1 - Earth System Analysis
Research topic keyword: Sea-level Rise
Research topic keyword: Climate impacts
Research topic keyword: Extremes
Research topic keyword: Cities
Research topic keyword: Security & Migration
Regional keyword: North America
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Title: Nature Communications
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