Sea-Level Rise and Storm Surges: New Data on 500 Cities

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In April 2009, I blogged on a paper co-authored with David Wheeler (Center for Global Development) on the impact of sea-level rise and storm surges in developing countries. David has extended this work further to include the potential future impact of sea-level rise for more than 500 cities, given changes in population. The results are stunning, and show a huge potential impact concentration in a few hot-spot cities. 

This enhanced paper is available on the Center for Global Development website with a spreadsheet that provides impact estimates for hundreds of developing-country cities.  The data collection was quite an intensive task, and we hope that it will make urban planners take storm surges into consideration in infrastructure projects.


Susmita Dasgupta

Lead Environmental Economist, Development Research Goup, World Bank

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