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NOAA/GLERL SEMINAR ANNOUNCEMENT

Dr. Junaid As-Salek
National Research Council
Research Associateship Program
Guest Researcher, NOAA/GLERL

THE BAY OF BEGAL - COASTAL MANAGEMENT PROBLEMS AND PROSPECTS

Tuesday, November 21, 2000
10:30  11:30 a.m.

Location:
   Main Conference Room
   NOAA/GLERL
   2205 Commonwealth Blvd.
   Ann Arbor, MI

Contact:   David Schwab
Phone:     734-741-2120
Email:       schwab@glerl.noaa.gov


Abstract -

Four problems related to coastal management in the Bay of Bengal
will be discussed:

1) Owing to the inaccurate prediction of the arrival time and
characteristics of cyclones and storm surges, about 400,000 and
140,000 people respectively died in the 1970 and the 1991
cyclones on the Bay of Bengal. In fact, storm surges resulting
from cyclones frequently visit Bangladesh, kill hundreds of
people and cause heavy damages.

2) Having a vast area of 0.0 m  to 1.0 m elevation, Bangladesh is
very much susceptible to sea level rises.  It is estimated that a 1.0 m
rise of sea level would inundate 10 percent of total area of Bangladesh.
Global warming will intensify the power of cyclones, and storm surges
are expected to appear with higher peaks.

3) In Bangladesh,  arsenic contamination of the ground water extracted
through tube wells for drinking purposes is a major concern. The flora
and fauna of the Bay of Bengal may consume a portion of the arsenic.
The colloidal sediment carried by the rivers may be a major conveyor
of the arsenic from the sources.

4) The Meghna estuary is one of the largest sediment conveying
estuaries in the world.  Management of sediment to build new lands in
the vast and shallow coastal zones could be a solution to that highly
populated country.





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