HomeAboutActivitiesMapsPhotosPublicationsNews
 
Home >> Vital Climate Graphics Latin America and the Caribbean >> Changes to Coconut Beach (Dominica) after the 1995 hurricane season
File type Download Size Language
.png .png Download 295 kb -
.jpg .jpg Download 24 kb -
.pdf .pdf Download 426 kb -
Uploaded on Tuesday 21 Feb 2012 by GRID-Arendal

Changes to Coconut Beach (Dominica) after the 1995 hurricane season

Year: 2005 Author: Viktor Novikov, UNEP/GRID-Arendal
Description:
During a period between May 1994 to September 1995 the profile of the beach dramatically changed. A rising sea level combined with more storms, washed away vulnerable beaches. With the sand gone, the coast is more vulnerable to waves going further inland, threatening fresh water wells with salinisation, leading to land erosion, and making the areas less attractive for tourism. When a beach starts to deteriorate, the process can be amazingly quick. It is very likely that the 20th century warming has contributed significantly to the observed rise in global average sea level and the increase in ocean heat content. Warming drives sea level rise through thermal expansion of seawater and widespread loss of land ice. Based on tide gauge records, after correcting for land movements, the average annual rise was between 1 and 2 mm during the 20th century.
Views: 371     Downloads: 178     Rating: 3
Energy consumption, economic development and CO2 emissions; selected Latin America countries
ENSO Variability index
CO2 emissions in 1990 and 2000 Latin America and selected countries
Regional differences in CO2 emissions Latin America and the Caribbean
Top 10 CO2 emitting countries in 2000; Latin America and the Caribbean
Tropical hydropower dams as greenhouse sources
Projected changes in maize crops, Venezuela
Climate impacts and tropical diseases in Colombia