Kochi has a Hopeless Future as a Result of Global Warming2 min read
Do you think Kochi will be same even after a hundred years. The simple answer is no. The Kochi-Vembanadu belt will become less habitable in another hundred years as a result of climate change. Rising sea levels, heavy rainfall events, and significant tidal floods can all have negative impact for this economically and environmentally vital region.
Sea level has been rising at an increasing rate throughout the planet as a result of the increased warming of the seas and the melting of northern glaciers. According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change [IPCC] assessments, the port city of Kochi will experience a major rise in sea level in the next decades, flooding wide swaths of low-lying neighborhoods. According to the IPCC, tidal flooding will become more severe in the tropics. A similar situation may already be taking place in the Kochi-Vembanadu region, exacerbated by changes in the rainfall pattern.
Kochi is experiencing tidal floods frequently. The highest tide in this region, known as Vrischika Veliyettam, occurs every year in the first part of December. The region saw severe and protracted tidal flooding in December, and climate change appears to have had a subtle but important impact in this. Heavy rain has arrived at the tail end of the monsoon season in recent years, accounting for an increasing percentage of the yearly rainfall. Thus, recent severe floods and landslides occurred in August and October, which was typically a dry season in Kerala. In November and early December, central Kerala saw severe rainfall.