Sea-Level Rise and Storm Surges : A Comparative Analysis of Impacts in Developing Countries

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Susmita Dasgupta

World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG)

Benoit Laplante

Independent Consultant

Siobhan Murray

World Bank

David Wheeler

World Bank - Policy Research Department

Date Written: April 1, 2009

Abstract

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.

Keywords: Wetlands, Hazard Risk Management, Climate Change, Water Resources Assessment, Population Policies

Suggested Citation

Dasgupta, Susmita and Laplante, Benoit and Murray, Siobhan and Wheeler, David, Sea-Level Rise and Storm Surges : A Comparative Analysis of Impacts in Developing Countries (April 1, 2009). World Bank Policy Research Working Paper Series, Vol. , pp. -, 2009. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1401207

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Benoit Laplante

Independent Consultant

Siobhan Murray

World Bank ( email )

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Washington, DC 20433
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David Wheeler

World Bank - Policy Research Department ( email )

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Washington, DC 20433
United States

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