http://sedac.ciesin.columbia.edu/gpw/docs/coastal_Tiempo.pdf more inforamtion on elevation coastal zone.
* Nearly two-thirds of urban settlements with more than 5 million inhabitants are at least partially in the 0-10 metre zone.
* On average, 14 percent of people in the least developed countries live in the zone (compared to 10 percent in OECD countries).
* 21 percent of the urban populations of least developed nations are in the zone (11 percent in OECD countries).
* About 75% of people in the zone are in Asia. 21 nations have more than half of their population in the zone (16 are small island states).
* Poor countries — and poor communities within them — are most at risk

About one person in ten lives in a coastal zone at less than ten meters of elevation, but this is low elevation coastal zone. Elevation coastal zone only counts for about 22% of the world’s settlements.
Coastal zone only accounts for about 2.2 per cent of the world’s land area. Some coastal hazards, including sea-level rise and extreme weather events, are expected to increase as a result of climate change. Yet increasing trade and market-driven movements are still attracting people to the coast. The coastal provinces of China, for example, experienced a net in-migration of about 17 million people between 1995 and 2000, creating pressures in an already crowded area. Globally, coastal zones have higher population densities than any other major ecologically defined zone, except for urban zones themselves. Small island states are raising public awareness of coastal vulnerabilities, but this article shows that significant populations of many other countries also live in potentially vulnerable low elevation coastal zones.
Countries that are affected by costal elevation.
link to a video off coastal elevation >>
http://www.google.co.uk/search?hl=en&q=elevation%20coastal&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.,cf.osb&biw=1024&bih=571&wrapid=tlif133656915584721&um=1&surl=1&ie=UTF-8&tbo=u&tbm=vid&source=og&sa=N&tab=wv&ei=Y22qT4qsNIPb8AOB98jgBA
Populations and land areas in the LECZ
Shares of population and land in the LECZ
Region
Popula­tion(106)
Urban pop­ulation (106)
Land (103 km2)
Urban land (103 km2)
Share of regional population
Share of region’s urban population
Share of re­gion’s land
Share of re­gion’s urban land
Africa
55
40
206
15
8.2%
14.5%
0.9%
7.9%
Asia
438
232
819
109
12.3%
17.7%
3.3%
11.7%
Europe
48
38
459
54
7.1%
8.1%
2.1%
7.0%
Latin America
28
22
372
32
6.1%
6.9%
2.0%
6.6%
Australia/New Zea­land
3
3
134
6
13.8%
14.4%
1.7%
13.4%
North America
25
22
523
52
7.8%
8.5%
2.8%
5.9%
Small island states
6
4
56
5
13.1%
14.0%
16.3%
13.1%
World
602
361
2,571
274
10.5%
13.5%
2.2%
8.2%
Subject Author Replies Views Last Message
have you finished? RomannMead RomannMead 0 22 May 9, 2012 by RomannMead RomannMead