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Many Major Airports are Near Sea Level. A Disaster in Japan Shows What Can Go Wrong.

Airports around the world are some of the most prone to flooding and sea level rise, with some of the busiest airports including San Francisco International, less than 15 feet above sea level. This article highlights the threat of flooding from rising sea levels and extreme storms especially for low-lying airports and illustrates the imperative for the aviation industry to undertake significant steps to protect airports and supporting infrastructure. In the case of Kansai International Airport featured in this article, the devastation left by Typhoon Jebi is also a reminder that airports built on reclaimed land are exposed to land subsidence, and are gradually sinking even as sea levels rise.  Read the full story here.