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Sea-level rise and storm surges : a comparative analysis of impacts in developing countries
 
Author:Dasgupta, Susmita; Laplante, Benoit; Murray, Siobhan; Wheeler, David; Collection Title:Policy Research working paper ; no. WPS 4901
Country:World; Date Stored:2009/04/14
Document Date:2009/04/01Document Type:Policy Research Working Paper
SubTopics:Wetlands; Climate Change and Environment; Water Resources Assessment; Hazard Risk Management; Population PoliciesLanguage:English
Region:The World RegionReport Number:WPS4901
Volume No:1 of 1Related Dataset:Sea Level Rise dataset; Intensification of Storm Surges Dataset;

Summary: An increase in sea surface temperature is evident at all latitudes and in all oceans. The current understanding is that ocean warming plays a major role in intensified cyclone activity and heightened storm surges. The vulnerability of coastlines to intensified storm surges can be ascertained by overlaying Geographic Information System information with data on land, population density, agriculture, urban extent, major cities, wetlands, and gross domestic product for inundation zones likely to experience more intense storms and a 1 meter sea-level rise. The results show severe impacts are likely to be limited to a relatively small number of countries and a cluster of large cities at the low end of the international income distribution.

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