Bangladesh's geography will naturally counter sea level rise until it becomes too rapid due to climate change

I was interviewed by the Dhaka Tribune on the impact of sea-level rise in Bangladesh. I explained that with good land-management, sediment carried to the coast by the Ganges, Brahmaputra, and Meghna rivers can raising the land as fast as the sea is rising for the near-future, but that eventually global warming may cause the sea level to rise faster than the land can adapt.

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Vanderbilt researchers studying Bangladesh for harbinger of climate change impact

Bangladesh uniquely interests U.S. climate change researchers for a pair of reasons: Its place on the globe makes it particularly vulnerable to devastating weather events, and it's a predominantly Muslim nation that maintains a secular, pro-Western outlook.

Vanderbilt University's Jonathan Gilligan, associate professor of earth and environmental sciences, Steven Goodbred, professor of earth and environmental sciences, Brooke Ackerly, professor of political science, and their team travel there frequently though funding from the Office of Naval Research, The National Science Foundation, and other agencies, using Bangladesh as a climate change harbinger for our own coastal regions. Particularly evident is the way land use mismanagement, similar to what happens here, has affected flooding.

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