November 28, 2010

Climate Proofing Infrastructure in Bangladesh: the Incremental Cost of Limiting Future Inland Monsoon Flood Damage

by Susmita Dasgupta, Mainul Huq, Zahirul Huq Khan, Md. Sohel Masud, Manjur Murshed Zahid Ahmed, Nandan Mukherjee and Kiran Pandey

- Two-thirds of Bangladesh is less than 5 meters above sea level, making it one of the most flood prone countries in the world. Severe flooding during a monsoon causes significant damage to crops and property, with severe adverse impacts on rural livelihoods. Future climate change seems likely to increase the destructive power of monsoon floods. This paper examines the potential cost of offsetting increased flooding risk from climate change, based on simulations from a climate model of extreme floods out to 2050.

Dasgupta, S., M. Huq, Z.H. Khan, Md.S. Masud, M.M.Z. Ahmed, N. Mukherjee and K. Pandey (2010). "Climate Proofing Infrastructure in Bangladesh: the Incremental Cost of Limiting Future Inland Monsoon Flood Damage." World Bank Policy Research working paper no. WPS 5469, Nov 2010.