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Thailand's Beaches Disappear

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posted on Dec, 28 2006 @ 07:26 AM
Thailand, thousands of miles of beaches, more or less poluted, nonetheless bounty beaches, our favourite fantasy image to resort to for ease when we physically cannot escape to their warmth and carefreeness. Or did. Together with the Sundarban, Maldivese and Kiribatian islands, the beaches of Thailand are disappearing at an alarming rate.
About 200,000 rai (81,000 acres) of land _ about the size of Thailand's smallest province, Samut Songkhram _ could fall victim to erosion in the next 20 years. Laem Talumphuk cape in the South could also disappear by 2056, if coastal erosion continues at its present rate, an expert on climate change has warned.

''Coastal erosion has already taken 21% of the country's coastal area, or 113,042 rai, over the past three decades,''said Assoc Prof Thanawat Jarupongsakul, lecturer on climatology at the Unit for Disaster and Land Information Studies at Chulalongkorn University's science faculty.

''A climate change-induced wind pattern has intensified the speed of coastal erosion in both the Gulf of Thailand and the Andaman sea,'' said Assoc Prof Thanawat, who is researching the impact of climate change on seawater, for the United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

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Before coral reefs were fully studied and understood, mangrowe forrests were consider among the most complex and most important ecosystems on the planet. They still are, but they are now fighting the battle against the rising tide and those changed weather patterns following it.

Development and general exploitation have taken its toll of the mangroves the last forty years. But development tends to accelerate as the wind does.

Problems, especially unprecidented ones, not acknowledged in due time to handle, are the norm in Thailand. Don't deal, befor' it reals.

Now they have two decades to decide what to do about their coastal areas with two third of them gone.

Written off to the rising sealevels.

[edit on 28-12-2006 by UM_Gazz]

posted on Dec, 28 2006 @ 08:06 PM
It's not only the beaches endangered. Metropolian Bangkok rest 2 to 5 feet above sealevel in the estuary of the Chao Praya river.

There is an urgent need for mangrove reforestation and more wave barriers along coastal areas in Bangkok, Samut Prakan and Samut Sakhon provinces, as the ocean is moving inland at a rate of 10-25 metres per year, experts said.

For 1½ year it's been a known fact, and Bangkok being one of lowest lying capitals in the world, something must be done.
Bangkok is sinking and in 20 years half of the capital could be submerged due to land subsidence and coastal erosion, Chulalongkorn University researchers said yesterday.


Thanawat Jarupongsakul of the university’s Department of Geology said that the upper part of the gulf coast including Samut Songkhram, Samut Sakhon, Bangkok, Samut Prakan and Chachoengsao is displaying signs of severe erosion along a 77-kilometre-long stretch covering 12,288 rai of land.

Rising tides have made the land erosion more severe, Thanawat said. He added that Bangkok and its surrounding areas would see a subsidence rate of 10 to 15 centimetres per year if it wasn’t for the restriction on underground well digging, which has decreased the rate to between 2 and 4 centimetres per year. However, an increase of tidal levels by 16 to 26 millimetres each year will lead to an increase in the severity of the land erosion, he said.

“In 20 years, if there is no real solution, 1.3 kilometres of Bangkok’s Bang Khunthien beach will disappear. And judging from the global increase in temperature and its potential to melt icebergs and increase the sea level, half of the capital city could be submerged,” he said. “This is serious and needs related agencies to brainstorm and find a solution.”

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posted on Jan, 11 2007 @ 03:40 AM

The Marine and Coastal Resources Department is devising a plan to limit land loss due to erosion at 30 locations along Thailand's coastlines, the department said yesterday. The department announced its plan after His Majesty the King expressed concern over coastal erosion.

Experts say erosion has become more ferocious due to inappropriate development along the country's beaches and changing wind patterns due to global climate change.

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If the king hadn't expressed concern, probably nobody would had bother to do anything about it - cept getting a house in the hills of course.

''We will first focus on three areas in Bangkok, Samut Prakan, and Chachoengsao,'' said the department's coastal area management section chief Surapol Krishnamra. Mr Surapol said the department had already set a budget of 41 million baht to solve the problem in the three provinces.

Bangkok has reported a loss of more than one square kilometre of land along five kilometres of shoreline in Bang Khunthian district alone.

The northeastern monsoon, which intensifies coastal erosion during this period each year, continued to hit southern provinces yesterday.

Strong winds prompted local authorities in Songkhla province to place piles of sandbags at the foot of pine trees on Samila beach, to prevent them from falling down.

Authorities also put up warning signs urging tourists to be extra careful when strolling along the beach.

Strong winds also damaged 11 houses in tambon Ban Kuan in Muang district in Satun.

And off Phuket island in the Andaman sea, marine police rushed to help a Dutch tourist after rough seas damaged his boat's engine near Ko Yao islet.

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Within a decade, likely less than a half, this will be a major problem for Bangkok and the heavy populated munucipalities round the bend of the Gulf.

I can only say the monsoon which is merely a strong foehn wind in these parts, is pretty steady this year.

Just keeps on blowin'..

posted on Jan, 11 2007 @ 07:21 AM
Similar problem had occurred in Panama City Beach, Florida, back in the 90's. Their solution was to add more plant life on the sands of the beach. The plants would anchor much of the sand to the ground, keeping erosion from occurring.

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