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GOT, Revista de Geografia e Ordenamento do Território

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VENTURA, Clara; SOUSA, João  and  FERNANDES, André. Estuaries and climate change: impacts of sea level rise in Vila Franca de Xira. GOT [online]. 2017, n.11, pp.327-350. ISSN 2182-1267.

The mean sea level rise is one of the consequences of anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions and affects particularly coastal and estuarine areas. In this context, the article addresses the problem of mean sea level rise taking as a case study the riverfront of Vila Franca de Xira municipality. It is adopted the “what if” approach, having as reference scenario on the horizon 2100 the mean sea level rise to the tipping point of 4,5 meters. The article assesses the impacts on resident population, buildings and main transportation infrastructures that presently exist in this riverfront.

Keywords : climate change; mean sea level rise; scenarios; floods; riverfronts.

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