Sea level rise: impact on major infrastructure, ecosystems and land along the Tamil Nadu coast

Authored by: Sujatha Byravan , Sudhir Chella Rajan , Rajesh Rangarajan

Handbook of Climate Change and India

Print publication date:  November  2011
Online publication date:  March  2012

Print ISBN: 9781849713580
eBook ISBN: 9780203153284
Adobe ISBN: 9781136521584


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Sea level rise (SLR), due to climate change, will affect the coastline in India in a variety of ways, including inundation, flood and storm damage associated with severe cyclones and surges, erosion, saltwater intrusion, and wetland loss. Nevertheless, there are major, existing and proposed, economic and infrastructure developments, including ports, power plants, highways and even airports, which are being proposed very close to the shoreline along India’s coast. Thousands of crores of new investment are being considered along the coast in cities such as Mumbai, Chennai, and Kolkata in addition to the substantial existing infrastructure. Clearly, we are not preparing to integrate our coastal development plans with the potential impacts of climate change.

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