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Sea level rise poses one of the most widely recognised climate change threats to low-lying coastal areas, particularly in small islands where the majority of human communities and infrastructure is located in coastal zones and with limited island relocation opportunities, especially on atoll islands.

The majority of settlement, infrastructure and development are located on lowlands along the coastal fringe of small islands. In the case of atoll islands, all development and settlement is essentially coastal. It follows then that populations, infrastructure, agricultural areas and fresh groundwater supplies are all vulnerable to extreme tides, wave and surge events and sea level rise.

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Singapore highway and port

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Docks, Singapore

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Wind turbine and port, Mahe Island

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