Inspired by an original idea and initial outline by @plashingvole here is your climate change league table. It’s a ranking of selected UK universities by their height above sea level. What this tells us is that many institutions are sitting pretty on high ground and will remain standing proud as rising sea levels begin to take their toll.
There are others though, and I’m sure we would we all be keen to see their risk registers, which are looking in a rather precarious position as the waves start to roll in.
So, where are the driest universities of the future?
|Rank||Institution||Metres above sea level|
Meanwhile, in a nascent international ranking there are several universities which really do operate in a highly rarefied atmosphere:
La Paz University 3,857m
Tibet University, Lhasa 3,658m
Addis Ababa Institute of Technology 2,473m
No danger of getting wet feet there.
However, there are two universities in the Netherlands which are in a much riskier position:
The University of Amsterdam is only 78cm above sea level. Scary.
And, in an even more precarious situation, we have Delft University which is, in fact, 48cm *below* sea level. There are a number of other areas around the world below sea level, from the Cambridgeshire Fens to Baku, and some Pacific and Indian Ocean islands which are very close to going below the waterline but I’ve yet to find any universities others than Delft which are actually below sea level.
Some food for thought for future job applications or institutional partnerships there.
Thanks again to @plashingvole for the prompt.