Chris O’Sullivan: Yeah I mean, places like this will have to build sea defences everywhere. (Hmm) And even then, well is it going topronounced “GONNA” (1:27) be enough to hold back the water, especially if the water’s always rising. I mean you really have to undo the affects of what’s causing this rise in the first place, or at least halt it. Or you know do something to control the emissions of carbon dioxide. Uh try to reduce uh greenhouse gases.
José: London on the Thames is fairly close to sea level?
Chris: I think London is sea level. I would say. I mean they have the Thames Barrier which is built to stop, I don’t know how high a surge of water, but it’s probably about five-ten metreChris omits the word “or” between the numbers. (2:02) surge of water. If it came up the Thames, the Thames Barrier in theory would stop that water from from from flooding…
José: It’s like a big wall.
Chris: …into London itself, so. It’s it’s like uh, the Thames Barrier is a construction. It’s an interesting little construction, where you’ve got these kind of uh weird-shaped kind of elliptical, kind of pod-like things spread out across the river, and between them there is a, I guess a metal barrier that can rise up (Ahh) into the air and stop potentially a huge surge of water coming through.
Chris: I think that’s kind of taken into consideration how they designed it (OK) but yes, wouldn’t it back up. (You would think) I mean if it flood the other downstream…
José: Yeah basically just keep going just- You can put it here but the water is kind like water that way? You know it just keeps going.
Chris: Yeah water keeps going somewhere so presumably it would flood not London, but it would flood the outskirts of London from where the coast is.
José: …whatever else is. But London is basically sea level. So it’s not like London is relatively mountainous or hilly. London would just get- if if the water went up by let’s say a metre and a-half the streets would all be flooded.
Chris: Yeah I would say- well may be a metre and a-half wouldn’t be, but I would say perhaps three metres certainly yes. I could- I don’t know exactly the, how how high in metres London actually is above sea level. I’m guessing it’s not very high. It’s- I’m guessing actually, it’s one or two metres.
José: Because in my image of London the Thames runs through London. (Yes) Now if there’s a river running through London that means basically- and it’s running through most of the city, that means the city is basically on the same plane as the river. And the river at that point when it’s getting close to the, to the salt water is going topronounced “GONNA (3:50) be almost at sea level and if that’s where London is, then London is basically at sea level. (Mm) And a metre and a-half, two metres I mean that’s a man standing. Uh basically that’ll cover all the cars. That’ll cover you know most uh most entrances to most doorways. And even if it’s not going to be uh you know, uh what’s what’s the word I’m going to say. Even if it’s going topronounced “GONNA (4:09) go all the way because eventually land does move up towards mountains, that’ll pretty much destroy the viability of all of London one of the most important cities in the world.
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