A Study on Loss of Land Surface and Changes to Water Resources Resulting from Sea Level Rise and Climate Change
|Project Summary||Seawater level rise due to climate change has the potential to significantly impact on coastal zones through changes and loos of adjacent land and changes to water resources. This research focused on this area in order to develop management strategies to mitigate adverse effects of such change. Initially, GCM analyses in conjunction with historical data were used to derive possible sea level rise and then in conjunction with digital elevation maps and GIS information, changes to land surface / loss of land has been investigated. Further changes to water resources such as changes to ground water table, salinity intrusion to aquifers, impact on low lying areas etc., have been investigated. Thereby, management strategies to cope with the impact of these changes have been developed. |
The study also investigated and developed a model to forecast the impact of sea level rise in situations and locations when the required data or the detail of the required data is unavailable. In addition to the detail modelling and the resultant findings the study developed a simplified / composite model to forecast loss of land surface and changes to water resources in coastal zones that could be easily globally adoptable. Thereby, lists of management strategies to manage such changes globally have been proposed.
|Project Leader||Dr. G. S. DeCosta, Unitec University, NEW ZEALAND|
|Project Collaborators|| |
|Countries Involved||New Zealand, Srilanka, India, Indonesia, Japan|
|Scientific Thematic Area||Climate Change and Climate Variability; |
Ecosystems, Biodiversity, and Land Use;
|Project Duration||2 Years|
|APN Funds (US$)||75150|
|Year of Completion||2016|
|Project Output||Bamunawala, R. M., Hettiarachchi, S., Samarawickrema, G., & De Costa, G. S. (2014). Assessing the risk of sea level rise and the wave climate of Sri Lanka. In Proceedings of the 19th Congress of the IAHR APD. Hanoi, Viet Nam. |
Tutulic, M. R., Shamseldin, A., & De Costa, G. S. (2015). Changes to water resources resulting from sea level rise and climate change. In E-proceedings of the 36th IAHR World Congress. The Hague, Netherlands.
Tutulic, M. R., Shamseldin, A., Liefting, R., & De Costa, G. S. (2015). Loss of land resulting from the sea level rise and climate change. In E-proceedings of the 36th IAHR World Congress. The Hague, Netherlands.
Li, J., De Costa, G. S., & Philips, D. (2016). Simplified method forecasting changes to groundwater table and land lost due to sea level rise. In Proceedings of the 20th Congress of the IAHR APD. Colombo, Sri Lanka.
De Costa, G. S., & Dassanayake, W. (2016). Estimation of impact of sea level rise on land and water resources when data is sparse - Case of Colombo. Environment and Ecology Research, 4(5), 244–250.
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