flooding coastal cities
A 2013 World Bank study found that global flood damage in large coastal cities could cost about $1 trillion a year.

The growing impact of climate change

Coastal cities around the world face a growing existential threat from rising sea levels as a result of climate change. In fact, a 2013 World Bank study found that global flood damage in large coastal cities could cost about $1 trillion a year in the future unless something is done urgently to address the issue.

It may be difficult to imagine now, but some of the world’s best-known cities are among the 10 most “at risk” according to the report, including New York, Mumbai and Osaka.  

With many cities’ flood defences ill-equipped to withstand the predicted rise in sea level, it is becoming increasingly important for governments of coastal cities to invest in flood defences now, to ensure a safer future for all.

Weather station in Manila
Shell, the Manila Observatory and Smart Communications initiated the Automated Weather Station (AWS) project in order to further boost climate resilience and disaster preparedness across the country.

Our weather stations in Manila

In partnership with the Manila Observatory, we’re expanding its existing network of automated weather stations considerably, to help local government stay as prepared and resilient as possible to extreme weather.

The 50 new stations will be strategically positioned at locations including Shell petrol stations and oil depots in two of the country’s three principal geographical regions: Visayas and Mindanao.

With data transmission technology from our telecommunications partner Smart Communications, these stand-alone devices will be able to accurately record temperature and humidity, solar radiation, wind speed and direction, and rainfall.

The real-time information gathered will enhance Manila Observatory’s urban risk and resilience analysis, as well as its regional and local climate system research.

“The partnership between Shell and the Manila Observatory aims to provide coastal cities with access to local weather data and climate analysis as inputs to their local decision-support systems."

Manila Observatory Executive Director Antonia Yulo Loyzaga

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