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Degree

Master of Engineering Science

Program

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Supervisor

Professor Simonovic

Abstract

The effects of Sea Level Rise (SLR) can lead to more severe storm surges, flooding and inundation causing disasters for coastline population and environment. The best method of evaluating the effects of SLR and developing disaster management options is to develop inundation maps for the coastal community of interest. A methodology is created to develop inundation maps for the Vancouver coastline (British Columbia, Canada) with the use of public data and GIS software. The rates of SLR used are linear rates developed by the IPCC which incorporate the effects of climate change. The rates are adjusted to consider the regional tidal patterns and vertical land movements and extreme events for Vancouver. The developed maps depict the different sea level elevations by the year 2100 for the Vancouver coastline and establish the areas of inundation. Inundation of land is seen by the year 2100 for both RCP scenario 2.6 and 8.5


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