Wet-bulb Temperature and Sea-level Rise in the United Arab Emirates–Planning Responses

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Abstract

Increased heat stress and sea-level rise, associated with climate change could threaten the viability of some cities by the latter part of this century. This paper reviews urban development patterns in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, in the United Arab Emirates, and concludes these cities are highly vulnerable to elevated wet-bulb temperatures and sea level rise. This is predominantly due to the focus of development along the Gulf coastline, where these issues are concentrated. In response, this paper ventures regional planning responses to adapt to these threats through decentralising populations to inland areas.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)408-429
Number of pages22
JournalPlanning Practice and Research
Volume36
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2021

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