Prof Rao urges for study on sea level rise

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Bangalore, Oct 25 (UNI) Former ISRO Chairman U R Rao today called for a study on sea level rise in the coastal regions of India to protect the environment from impending dangers.

Prof Rao addressing a workshop on Global Warming here today said that the study could be taken up by the Space department to collect data on the possible areas to be inundated by the rise in the sea level over the next one 100 years.

The study on the sea level rise and its effect on land due to the global warming could help in demarcating vulnerable areas and to initiate proper care of them well in advance. It could also help in setting up of new human habitats and making investments in those areas in the coming years, he said.

The east coast was more vulnerable to natural calamities in comparison to the west coast, he said.

The coastal agriculture would suffer the most and face yield reductions and there would be an increase in the frequency and intensity of tropical cyclones in the Bay of Bengal flooding the low laying areas. So far no country had taken up such a study to gather data on the potential problems and it does not mean that India should not take it up, he said.

UNI

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