5 feet above sea level …

… and sinking at a rate of 2cm (0.8 inches) annually caused by steadily-rising sea levels and nonstop draining of subterranean aquifers … coupled with building a very large city packed with heavy skyscrapers. Bangkok and its 13 million residents are predicted to be under water by 2030 [1]. The problem is obvious when traveling on the Chao Phraya river during rainy season — scores of massive pumps are constantly in operation, dumping water into the river through huge pipes from lower areas of the city. This is effective right up to the moment that the pipes’ outlet is below the new sea level.

NOTES

“Bangkok Is Sinking and May Be Underwater in 15 Years, Study Says”, The Weather Channel, viewed nline 18 March, 2017 at https://weather.com/science/environment/news/bangkok-sinking-subsidence-warming-15-years 

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  1. So far all time estimates for climate impacts have been low. So I’d have a backup plan for adaptation implementation in place prior to 2030.

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