Serious erosion affecting 1,300km of coastal areas

Posted on June 22, 2010. Filed under: Climate Change |

– Bernama- KUALA LUMPUR: A total of 1,300km or 29% of the country’s 4,800km of coastal areas are facing serious problems of erosion.

Malaysia urgently needs projections on the rise of sea levels to enable the planning of coastal development and to adapt to climate change, said Natural Resources and Environment Ministry Deputy Secretary-General (I) Datuk Aziyah Mohamed.

Speaking at the opening of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) workshop here, she said the projections were also needed to assess future impacts of sea-level rise on coastal areas, as well as the sustainability of coastal settlements in the future.

The IPCC reported that there has been an increasing trend of significant wave heights in the South China Sea and eastern parts of the Andaman Sea, which had directly impacted Malaysian coasts for the last 50 years.

The wave height increase may be the result of increasing storm activities in this region.

Aziyah represented minister Datuk Seri Douglas Uggah Embas at the four-day workshop on sea-level rise and ice sheet instabilities.

Some 100 leading world experts are attending the workshop.

Aziyah said sea-level rise itself was a complex issue with several contributing factors – including thermal expansion of oceans; the melting of glaciers as well as that of Greenland and Antarctica; changes in the ocean currents; and changes in water storage over land.

Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia vice-chancellor Prof Tan Sri Dr Sharifah Hapsah Syed Hasan Shahabudin said the findings and resolutions of the workshop were important to the IPCC Fifth Assessments Report, which was expected to be completed in 2013.

Studies on climate change, she said, were one of the eight priority research areas at UKM.


Make a Comment

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

Liked it here?
Why not try sites on the blogroll...

%d bloggers like this: