Impacts of Sea Level Rise on Economic Growth in Developing Asia

Publication | January 2017

This survey of sea level rise and its economic impacts provides a clear window to its effects on future economic activities.

This paper examines the impact of global sea level rise (SLR) on the economic growth, migration and tourism from various empirical studies and consolidates several sea level projections by 2100 under different scenarios. The paper also points out the regions or countries most vulnerable to SLR include atoll countries and small islands states like Kiribati and Singapore. In addition, it tackles several adaptation cost estimates for selected countries in developing Asia and summarizes adaptive strategies and mitigation as a response to SLR which include retreat, accommodation, and protection. Lastly, it presents policy recommendations for developing Asia to cope with increasing sea levels.


  • Introduction
  • The Impacts of Sea Level Rise
  • Sea Level Rise Adaptation Strategies
  • Policy Recommendations
  • Conclusions

Additional Details

  • Climate change
  • WPS178618-2
  • 2313-6537 (Print)
  • 2313-6545 (e-ISSN)

Published Version

Lee, Minsoo and Ruben Carlo Asuncion. 2020. "Impacts of Sea Level Rise on Economic Growth in Developing Asia." Resources and Environmental Economics 2 (1): 102–11.

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