Climate change: How can coastal areas survive rise in sea level?

Edited By: Gandharv Walia
New Delhi   Updated: May 27, 2022, 12:14 AM(IST)

Coastal areas can survive sea level rise by building seawalls (representative image). Photograph:( Reuters )

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To keep a check on the rise in sea level, seawalls can be constructed in coastal areas to ensure the sea water does not flood it. Although it can get a little expensive, it will be a must in the future. The rise in the temperature of the Earth is continuing and several coastal areas may witness flooding in the coming years

Climate change is real. The excessive use of fossil fuels, deforestation and other issues have led to the rise in the temperature of the Earth. It is in turn leading to melting of glaciers, rise in sea level, etc. The worst sufferers of climate change will be coastal areas as they will face sinking due to the spike in the level of sea water. But can anything be done to stop it? Well, absolutely, the world can actually fight sea level rise. If you are wondering how, keep reading.  

Build seawalls  

To keep a check on the rise in sea level, seawalls can be constructed in coastal areas to ensure the sea water does not flood it. Although it can get a little expensive, it will be a must in the future. The rise in the temperature of the Earth is continuing and several coastal areas may witness flooding in the coming years. Some Hollywood flicks have already shown a glimpse of how seawalls can stop sea water flooding. Not just this, Japan has already built them in some areas. 

Also Read: Climate change: Are we doing our bit for environment?  

Use beaches as natural barriers  

The beaches can also be used as a natural wall to negate the impact of the sea level rise. Big beaches or large dunes can help in stopping water from reaching homes and roads. This may be of great help in future.     

Install stormwater pumps  

Big stormwater pumps can be installed and used to suck sea water in case of flooding. It may come in handy if sea storms cause flooding.  

Watch: Climate change makes floods ferocious in Bangladesh

Raise level of roads   

The level of roads can also be raised to ensure that it doesn’t become a victim of sea water flooding. It may bring respite.

Upgrade sewage systems  

It will also be a must to upgrade the sewage systems as they may be needed to hold large quantities of sea water if flooding ever happens.  

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