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Urban flood risks and emerging challenges in the Greater Bay Area: the case of coastal megacities

Date: 2022-05-30      View counts: 44    



"By the 2050s, more than 120 million people are predicted to settle in the Greater Bay Area (GBA) similar geographical term as the Pearl River Delta (PRD) previously, which covers large coastal cities such as Guangzhou, Shenzhen and Hong Kong. Cities in the GBA are vitally important to China in relation to their socio-economic contributions. From recent evidence, this strongly urbanized area is vulnerable to, and currently facing bigger incidences of, coastal and urban flooding. Flood risk is growing in low-lying coastal areas due to rapid urbanization and increasing flood hazards exacerbated by climate change. In this lecture, we will investigate the current challenges and solutions to improve the flood resilience and addressing climate change impacts on urban and coastal flooding in the GBA’ coastal cities. Frequent intensive rainstorms, sea-level rise, typhoons and surges threaten large populations and their economic assets, causing severe socio-economic and ecological impacts in the GBA’ 11 cities. Current flood risk management (FRM) in the delta is still predominately focused on using traditional techno-fixes and infrastructure paradigms, lacking sufficient strategic planning and flood protection to develop adequate flood resilience. Recent urban floods, enhanced by storm surges and intensive rainstorms, have affected multiple GBA cities and drawn attention to flood risk as a major challenge in the GBA’s coastal cities. This review encourages development of long-term FRM practices with provincial and municipal authorities working together more closely to develop better-integrated regional FRM strategies for the Greater Bay Area."

Name of reporter
Faith, Ka Shun CHAN
Title of reporter
Associate Prof.
Organization of reporter
School of Geographical Sciences, University of Nottingham Ningbo China
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