Tuesday, July 30, 2019

How Sea Level Rise Will Sink Asia

Rising sea levels could have a devastating effect on Asia. Sea levels are projected to rise by at least 2 metres by the end of this century. In Asia many major cities are located on the coast. Already countries like Bangladesh suffer from regular flooding and will be particularly effected by global heating and rising sea levels.

Going Under: How Sea Level Rise is Threatening to Sink Major Asian Cities is an interactive map which visualizes how a 2m sea level rise will effect Asia. Asia contains some of the most densely populated areas on Earth. Many of these areas are located on the coast. Because sea level rises will be uneven around the world it is likely that Asia will suffer from above average levels of rising seas. According to the map up to 760 million people in Asia are at risk from rising sea levels.

If you use the forward and back arrows on the Going Under map you can learn more about some of the specific areas in Asia which will be worst hit by rising seas. Areas which will experience devastating levels of flooding include the Mekong Delta in Vietnam, the Lower Gangetic Plain in Bangladesh and the Yangtze River Delta in China. Some of the most densely populated areas on Earth.

If you want to know how sea level rises will effect the USA then you can refer to Surging Seas. Climate Central's Surging Seas is one of the best interactive mapped visualizations of the effects of rising sea levels. Surging Seas includes a control which allows you to define the number of feet of sea level rise which you can view on the map. As you increase the amount of sea level rise the areas which will be effected are shaded blue on the map.

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