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GIS on the International Day for Biological Diversity

When biodiversity is at threat, humanity is at risk. Biological diversity resources are the pillars that build civilization.

Coastal ecosystems are important for society since they provide services including food security, materials for medicines, building materials, and natural defenses against hazards such as coastal erosion and inundation.

The Coastal Vulnerability Index (CVI) is a method to assess coastal vulnerability to sea-level rise, in particular, due to erosion and/or inundation (Gornitz et al., 1991).

Below is the CVI status (erosion rate) of the Coromandel coast, India by the ranking of physical and socio-economic parameters.

Map Credits: Mira Shivani Sankar

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