Sea Level Rise Impacts on Italian Hospitality
SEA-LIMITHS is a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Fellowship Project. The aim of this project is to investigate the impacts and economic consequences of sea level rise on sandy beaches and beach hospitality losses owing to beach erosion and flooding in Italy.
SEA-LIMITHS investigates the impacts and economic consequences of sea level rise on sandy beaches and beach hospitality losses owing to beach erosion and flooding in two economically important Italian coastal areas, Veneto, and Emilia-Romagna. Combining sandy beaches with a proposed rich dataset based on machine learning and artificial intelligence, user-generated data is matched to the land cover/land use map to separate the hospitality sectors (accommodation, food and drink, sports, and leisure) in order to assess economic losses in the hospitality industry from 2050 to 2100 using representative concentration pathways (RCP 4.5 and RCP 8.5).
The project expects to generate new insights into the potential economic impacts of sea level rise on coastal tourism in two regions of Italy. By mapping vulnerable sandy beaches and coastal hospitality businesses, modeling damages under climate change scenarios, and estimating adaptation costs, the research aims to quantify the costs and risks for the tourism sector. The macroeconomic modeling will shed light on how beach loss could affect wider regional economies.
The results are intended to inform adaptation strategies and investments to increase the resilience of coastal tourism. Overall, the project seeks to advance scientific understanding of climate change risks and support evidence-based policymaking on coastal management in Italy. The interdisciplinary approach combining environmental and economic analysis with innovative modeling techniques is expected to produce novel, actionable findings on minimizing climate impacts on tourism-dependent coastal communities.
European Commission, Horizon Europe Programme, Marie Skłodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Fellowships
01 June 2023
31 May 2025