Sea Level Rise in the Pearl River Delta
This chapter examines the effects of sea level rise in the Pearl River Delta in Southern China and how it will affect China’s maritime economy. The Pearl River Delta (PRD) is one of the most important economic regions in China and represents almost 10 percent of China’s national GDP. Beijing plans to turn the nine municipalities in the PRD into one large megacity by mid-century. These plans fail to account for the changing reality of climate change-induced sea level rise in the region, where sea levels could rise 1 meter by the end of the century due to a 4-degree Celsius rise in temperature and the nature of the Earth’s oceans. If nothing is done, the PRD faces extraordinary economic and human loss.