Floodspace: Case Studies in Adapting to Climate Change-Related Flooding in Bangladesh

By Simi Hoque and Erin Moore.

Published by The International Journal of Climate Change: Impacts and Responses

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While policies and prevention strategies are contested on the global political stage, the effects of climate change are already in motion. Ocean levels have risen measurably in the last decade and will continue to rise during the remainder of this century (IPCC, 2007) . Low-lying communities that are already susceptible to storms and flooding will suffer increasing crises of public health, livelihood, housing and infrastructure.

In Bangladesh, rising sea levels will have a serious impact on existing housing and infrastructure. This research focuses on three modes of adaptation that enable communities to co-exist and thrive in hydrologically dynamic ecosystems. Specific measures that are presently being taken in response to environmental change by three different organizations are described. By analyzing how these measures are carried out, this paper will contribute to a growing knowledge base of adaptive strategies implemented by individuals and non-governmental organizations in Bangladesh. Information sharing from this knowledge base is intended to facilitate civil society in proactively preparing for and responding to climate change-related events.

Keywords: Adaptation, Floods, Sea Level Rise

The International Journal of Climate Change: Impacts and Responses, Volume 1, Issue 2, pp.27-36. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.684MB).

Dr. Simi Hoque

Assistant Professor, Green Building Program, Department of Natural Resources Conservation, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Amherst, MA, USA

Dr. Hoque teaches environmental systems and sustainable design principles. Her research is focused around the application and development of energy efficient buildings. She specializes in energy modeling, resource efficiency, and systems design and is seeking to improve the way buildings use the earth’s resources. Hoque is the co-founder of Floodspace, a research and design collaborative, whose mission is to develop strategies for improved housing, infrastructure, and livelihood in communities subject to climate change-related flooding. Dr. Hoque is a member of the American Society of Heating, Cooling, and Air Conditioning Engineers and the Boston chapter of Engineers Without Borders. Before her appointment to the NRC faculty in 2008, Hoque was a lecturer in the Department of Architecture at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. At that time she was a consulting mechanical engineer at Norian/Siani Engineering, Inc. in Waltham, MA.

Prof. Erin Moore

Assistant Professor, Department of Architecture, University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon, USA


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