Sea-level rise in Pakistan: Recommendations for strengthening evidence-based coastal decision-making

Weeks, Jennifer H.; Ahmed, Syeda Nadra; Daron, Joseph D.; Harrison, Benjamin J.; Hogarth, Peter; Ibrahim, Tariq; Inam, Asif; Khan, Arshi; Khan, Faisal Ahmed; Khan, Tariq Masood Ali; Rasul, Ghulam; Rehman, Nadia; Qureshi, Akhlaque A.; Sarfaraz, Sardar. 2023 Sea-level rise in Pakistan: Recommendations for strengthening evidence-based coastal decision-making. Hydrology, 10 (11). 205.

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Pakistan is vulnerable to a range of climate hazards, including sea-level rise. The Indus Delta region, situated in the coastal Sindh province, is particularly at risk of sea-level rise due to low-lying land and fragile ecosystems. In this article, expertise is drawn together from the newly established Pakistan Sea-Level Working Group, consisting of policy experts, scientists, and practitioners, to provide recommendations for future research, investment, and coastal risk management. An assessment of the current scientific understanding of sea-level change and coastal climate risks in Pakistan highlights an urgent need to improve the availability and access to sea-level data and other coastal measurements. In addition, reflecting on the policy environment and the enablers needed to facilitate effective responses to future sea-level change, recommendations are made to integrate coastal climate services into the National Adaptation Plan and develop a National Framework for Climate Services. Such a framework, alongside collaboration, co-production, and capacity development, could help support required improvements in coastal observations and monitoring and continuously deliver useful, usable, and accessible sea-level information for use by practitioners and decision-makers.

Item Type: Publication - Article
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ISSN: 2306-5338
Additional Keywords: sea-level rise, Pakistan, coastal climate services, sea-level projections, climate policy
Date made live: 22 Nov 2023 18:45 +0 (UTC)

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