Impacts of Climate Change in Thailand

Dr. Chirapol Sintunawa

Montag, 13. März 2017, Beginn 18:00

Cafe Griensteidl, Karl Kraus Saal, Michaelerplatz 2, 1010 Wien

As many countries in the world Thailand recognized the significance of global warming and climate change and therefore ratified several international documents on climate change. A major event of climate change that Thailand has been facing almost every year is flooding, which has long been seen as the most damaging and costly natural hazard in many countries. Due to global climate change and rapid urbanization in the floodplains, the frequency of devastating floods tends to be higher and the loss of human lives and property show no sign of decreasing.
In the first ever evaluation of its kind, the OECD ranked 136 coastal cities with populations greater than one million people by the impacts they would experience from a major flood. Right now, approximately 900,000 people in Bankok are at risk from flood events, increasing to more than five million by 2070, the report said.  In taking Thailand as a prime example, the lecture wants to shed light on the dynamics, actions and further challenges of climate change.

Chirapol Sintunawa studied Technology of Environmental Management and made his Ph.D. in Energy System Analysis, Faculty of Engineering, University of Strathclyde, UK. He is currently Assistant Professor at Mahidol University in Thailand. He also serves as the Vice President and Secretary General of the Green Leaf Foundation. He is a member of numerous scientific boards and organisations, e.g. the Balaton group. He is the leading person to bring sustainability into practical use in companies and tourism in Thailand.