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Impact of sea level rise in Bangladesh


A simple three-part diagram from UNEP GRID Vital Water Graphics showing how global warming could impact coastlines and populated areas of Bangladesh with a 1 and 1.5 meter sea level rise relative to the current coastline.

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Middle School: 4 Disciplinary Core Ideas, 3 Cross Cutting Concepts, 1 Science and Engineering Practice
High School: 4 Disciplinary Core Ideas, 3 Cross Cutting Concepts

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Teaching Tips

  • This and related Vital Graphics from UNEP GRID can be used to promote discussion or role playing scenarios about the social, political, and environmental impacts of sea level rise.

About the Science

  • The general data sources are given as Dacca University and Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) with no specific references.
  • From the Second Edition (2008) Vital Water Graphics from UNEP, updating a 2002 edition.
  • Comments from expert scientist: The main strength of this graphic is this clarity. It is accurate in the sense that the elevation of land in Bangladesh is changing on a much longer time scale than the current rate of change in sea level.

About the Pedagogy

  • The dramatic projected change in the coastline of Bangladesh will promote questions about social equity issues, how poor countries cope with large scale disruption, and what responsibilities the industrial world has to countries that must bear this kind of climate change impact.
  • It can also be used to promote discussion about the science of sea level rise, terrain mapping, and social and political impacts of climate change.

Technical Details/Ease of Use

  • Image is small on the page, even when enlarged, but jpg and eps versions are available for free download.

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Another version of this same graphic on its own page: http://www.grida.no/publications/vg/water2/page/3291.aspx. On this page you can click the image to enlarge it further.

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