Coastal flood management in Semarang, Indonesia

Marfai M, King L ...see all

Environmental Geology, vol. 55, issue 7 (2008) pp. 1507-1518

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Semarang is one of the biggest cities in Indo- nesia and is nowadays suffering from coastal flooding. Land subsidences, high water tide, and inadequate struc- tural measures play important roles in the coastal inundations. Structural and non-structural methods for controlling coastal flooding including dykes, drainage systems, pump stations, polder systems, coastal-land rec- lamations, coastal planning and management, public education, as well as the establishment of an institutional framework for disaster management have been imple- mented in the Semarang coastal area. Although some improvements have been made, the current flood man- agement system has generally failed to address a wide range of coastal inundation problems. Some improvement actions have been proposed including stakeholders involvement on the disaster mitigation. For a long period coastal management, accelerated sea level rises due to global warming should also be taken into account.

Author-supplied keywords

  • Coastal area
  • Flood management
  • Indonesia
  • Semarang

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