Press Release 17 Dec
By: Gilles Erkens , Deltares Research Institute | Utrecht University
Subsidence in megacities on the coast greater than absolute sea level rise In many coastal cities, the ground is now sinking faster than the sea level is rising due to climate change. This subsidence is the result of human activity, namely the pumping of groundwater. Parts of Jakarta, Ho Chi Minh City, Bangkok and many other coastal cities have already sunk or are threatening to sink below sea level. Deltares Research Institute studied the subsidence in five coastal megacities: Jakarta, Ho Chi Minh City, New Orleans, Dhaka and Bangkok and listed out solution directions. These are presented at the American Geophysical Union by Gilles Erkens, geologist at Deltares Research Institute and Utrecht University.