The Cochin University of Science and Technology is reviving its research programme on the impact of climate change on Kochi. The university will soon approach the experts at Oak Ridge National Laboratory of United States to launch the second phase of the study on the ‘possible vulnerabilities of Kochi to climate change impacts’. The new study will update the findings besides suggesting new measures to tackle the challenge of global warming.
In its preliminary report, scientists at the Cochin University and the Oak Ridge National Laboratory had categorised the possible impact of global warming in Kochi as precipitation changes, sea-level rise, temperature changes, local ecological change and implications of climate changes in other regions.
Kochi’s most significant vulnerabilities to climate change, as assessed by the agencies, were a combination of increased variability and intensity of rainfall and sea-level rise affecting the city’s drainage, and waste disposal systems.G. KRISHNAKUMAR