Issues and Problems in Controlling the Threats of Erosion Along the Nigerian Coastline

by Chebo Kenneth Asangwe, Univ of Lagos, Lagos, Nigeria,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastlines of Western Africa


Perhaps the most serious problem facing the almost 50% of the world's population which today occupies the coastal zones around the world, is the issue of global warming and the impending sea level rise. Coastal flooding and erosion will be exacerbated with a sea level rise, resulting in inundation of coastal lowlands and wetlands covering several kilometers inland, particularly in the low lying sandly and swampy coastlines characteristic of the humid typical environment. Nigeria with over 50 erosion sites along its 800 km coastline depicts the scene of a devastated coastal environmental, made frightening as virtually the entire economic power of the country is located here.

Subject Headings: Erosion | Wetlands (coastal) | Shores | Floods | Developing countries | Sea level | Humidity | Nigeria | Africa

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