Implications of Sea-Level Rise and Climate Change on Two Developing Resort Islands in Thailand and Singapore

by L. M. Chou, Natl Univ of Singapore, Singapore,
S. Sudara, Natl Univ of Singapore, Singapore,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastal Zone '91


The increasing demand of coastal tourism in the East Asian Seas region has led to islands being developed into holiday resorts. The appeal of these resort islands depends on the developed infrastructure and the natural scenic beauty. This study focuses on two such islands which are rapidly being developed; Sentosa in Singapore and Samui in the Gulf of Thailand, both of which are drawing large crowds of holiday makers. Development plans have not taken climate change and sea-level rise into consideration, and the implications will be of enormous proportions should policy response continue to ignore these threats.

Subject Headings: Sea level | Climate change | Islands | Developing countries | Seas and oceans | Infrastructure | Gulfs | Oceanography | Asia | Thailand | Singapore | Gulf of Thailand

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