Indian Institute of Technology Madras on Monday launched a ‘DST Centre of Excellence (CoE) to study Climate Change Impacts on Coastal Infrastructure and the Adaptation Strategies.’
The CoE will carry out research studies on predicting climate change impact on coastal communities and strategically important coastal infrastructure such as ports, power plants and major industries.
The overall vulnerability of coastal infrastructure and communities will also be studied to bring out the risk involved and for designing appropriate adaptation measures.
Further, climate change and sea level rise impact on the availability of water resources and its quality due to enhanced saltwater intrusion and ineffective waste management will be investigated, and the socio-economic impact due to these factors will also be evaluated.
Several major topics will be taken up for study in the centre, which includes prognostic climate modelling to evaluate intensity and frequency of tropical cyclones and extreme rainfall events under futuristic warming scenarios in the Bay of Bengal region, estimation of extreme waves and the resulting morphological changes to the coast and estuaries and storm surge modelling to predict the extent of surge up to rush into the land through estuaries.
Other subjects include evaluation of risk and vulnerability of coastal infrastructure to climate change.