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ACCORDING TO A STUDY CLIMATE CHANGE WILL INCREASE SEA LEVEL IN LAKSHADWEEP

ACCORDING TO A STUDY CLIMATE CHANGE WILL INCREASE SEA LEVEL IN LAKSHADWEEP

Context:

According to a study conducted to project different greenhouse gas scenarios, Sea-level will rise around Lakshadweep Islands by 0.4 mm/year to 0.9 mm/year.

Key Findings:

  • According to the study, the worst possible inundation scenarios projected for Lakshadweep Islands are similar under different emission scenarios projected.
  • All the islands in the archipelago would be vulnerable to the impact of sea-level rise.
  • Smaller islands Chetlat and Amini are expected to have major land-loss.
  • About 60%-70% of the existing shoreline would experience land-loss in Amini and 70%-80% in Chetlat.
  • Larger islands Minicoy and Kavaratti are also vulnerable to sea-level rise. They will experience land-loss along 60% of the existing shoreline.
  • Sea-level rise effects will have the least impact on Androth Island under all emission scenarios.
  • Only airport in the archipelago is located at the southern tip of Agatti Island, and has a risk of damage due to sea-level rise.

Lakshadweep:

  • It is a tropical archipelago of 36 atolls and coral reefs in the Laccadive Sea, off the coast of Kerala, India.

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