Flood proneness and coping strategies: the experiences of two villages in Bangladesh

This paper explores peoples’ indigenous survival strategies and assesses variations in people’s ability to cope with floods in two flood-prone villages in Bangladesh. It reveals that people continuously battle against flood vulnerability in accordance with their level of exposure and abilities, with varied strategies employed at different geophysical locations. The paper reports that people in.. Read More

Petrography and whole-rock geochemistry of the Tertiary Sylhet succession, northeastern Bengal Basin, Bangladesh: Provenance and source area weathering

Detrital modes and the geochemical compositions of sandstones and mudrocks from the Paleocene to Plio-Pleistocene Jaintia, Barail, Surma, Tipam and Dupitila Groups of the Sylhet basin in Bangladesh have been examined to identify their provenance and source area weathering conditions. Barail and Surma Group sandstones are quartz-rich, feldspar-poor, and are rich in sedimentary and metamorphic.. Read More


Global potential of rice husk as a renewable feedstock for ethanol biofuel production

The production of ethanol for the energy market has traditionally been from corn and sugar cane biomass. The use of such biomass as energy feedstocks has recently been criticised as ill-fated due to competitive threat against food supplies. At the same time, ethanol production from cellulosic biomass is becoming increasingly popular. In this paper, we.. Read More

Vulnerability of bangladesh to cyclones in a changing climate : potential damages and adaptation cost

This paper integrates information on climate change, hydrodynamic models, and geographic overlays to assess the vulnerability of coastal areas in Bangladesh to larger storm surges and sea-level rise by 2050. The approach identifies polders (diked areas), coastal populations, settlements, infrastructure, and economic activity at risk of inundation, and estimates the cost of damage versus the.. Read More

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In the city of hunger: Barisal, Bangladesh

The city of Barisal in the south of Bangladesh, on the flood plain of the Bay of Bengal, reveals in microcosm the injuries inflicted on the poor and dispossessed of the world by imperialism, colonial expropriation and globalism. The loss of peasant land to the Meghna, exacerbated by corruption, greed and outright theft, has driven.. Read More

Migration and climate change: towards an integrated assessment of sensitivity

This paper sets out a new approach to understanding the relationship between migration and climate change. Based on the understanding that migration is a significant, growing, but also complex phenomenon, this approach seeks to address the sensitivity of existing migration drivers in specific contexts to climate change. In contrast to existing approaches which have sought.. Read More

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Risk-Based Evaluation for Meeting Future Water Demand of the Brahmaputra Floodplain Within Bangladesh

A risk-based evaluation is performed for meeting future water demands in the Brahmaputra Floodplain Area within Bangladesh (BFA). This evaluation is carried out using three risk-based performance indicators: reliability, resiliency and vulnerability. The vulnerability indicator has been redefined incorporating the aspect of a supply failure. The analysis includes the impacts of climate change on both.. Read More

Trade liberalization and industry performance in Bangladesh

This paper analyzes trade liberalization’s impact on Bangladesh’s manufacturing sector performance. Using firm level input and output data and employing a nonparametric data envelopment analysis (DEA), we calculate technical, pure technical and allocative efficiencies for a sample of 82 firms collected over two periods of time: 1993 and 1998. Then, applying a Malmquist index method,.. Read More


Study on groundwater recharge potentiality of Barind Tract, Rajshahi District, Bangladesh using GIS and Remote Sensing technique

The groundwater recharge potentiality in Barind Tract in Rajshahi district, Northwest Bangladesh was studied based on Geographical Information System (GIS) and Remote Sensing technique. In this connection satellite images (Landsat 7 ETM and SPOT) and aerial photos were subjected to several treatment processes using softwares like ERDAS Imagine and ESRI’s Arc View. Thus various thematic.. Read More

Policy agenda for addressing climate change in Bangladesh: Copenhagen and beyond

The paper analyses the impact of climate change on Bangladesh, and focuses on initiatives within the country to mitigate against climate change. The most severe impact of global warming is expected to be felt in the rising sea level of the Bay of Bengal, which is anticipated to submerge 20 per cent of the total.. Read More