Impact and Implication of Cyclone ‘Xaver’on Coastal Management in Denmark

Carlo Sass Sørensen, Per Sørensen , Sönke Dangendorf, Arne Arns, Niels E. Jørgensen, Ole Baltazar Andersen, Per Knudsen, Thorsten Piontkowitz, Jürgen Jensen

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The passage of cyclone Xaver on 5-6th December 2013 led to severe floods and to substantial coastal erosion along large parts of the Danish and German coasts. Water levels of nearly 2 meters are the highest on record a.o. at the Hornbaek and Copenhagen tide gauges (TG) (1890-2015). The extremity of the event accentuates the need for robust and updated extreme value statistics and it questions their current use e.g. for design, planning and adaptation purposes. We investigate the coastal impact and implications on coastal management and design water levels for selected Danish locations affected by Xaver.
Original languageEnglish
Publication date2016
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Event35th International Conference on Coastal Engineering - Antalya, Turkey
Duration: 17 Nov 201620 Nov 2016


Conference35th International Conference on Coastal Engineering


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