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River Salinity and Climate Change: evidence from coastal Bangladesh

River Salinity and Climate Change: evidence from coastal Bangladesh
  • World Bank. March 2014
  • This paper presents a study conducted in Bangladesh, which quantifies the prospective relationship between climate-induced changes in sea level, temperature, rainfall, and altered riverine flows from the Himalayas, and the spread and intensity of salinisation on river water in the coastal zone by 2050. The research takes into account the projected land subsidence of the Ganges Delta, as well as alternative scenarios of upstream withdrawal of freshwater. The findings indicate that climate change will cause significant changes in river salinity in the southwest coastal area of Bangladesh by 2050. These changes are likely to lead to significant shortages of drinking water in the coastal urban areas, scarcity of water for irrigation for dry-season agriculture, and significant changes in the coastal aquatic ecosystems.
  • Main themes: Adaptation, Aquaculture, Awareness raising, Climate change, Coastal zones, Drinking water, Environment, Groundwater, Irrigation, River Basin Management, Scenarios, State of water resources, Transboundary waters, Urban areas, Water scarcity
  • Main target audience: Academia, Basin auhorities, Decision makers, Environmental practitioners, Governments, Policy makers, Practitioners
  • Main purpose: Assessment, Awareness raising, Impact evaluation, Reporting on project findings/outputs
  • Type of resource: Assessment report, Impact study, Research study
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Published in 2015