This Is The Region Of Spain That Will Be Swallowed
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This is the region of Spain that will be swallowed by the sea if immediate action is not taken

“If we don’t take it seriously, some houses and promenades in coastal places (in the Balearic Islands) will disappear,” warns the Balearic Vice President and Minister for the Balearic Energy Transition, Juan Pedro Yllanes.

Tramontana beach, in Formentera.

The most depressed areas of the Balearic coast, such as the lagoons and salt pans, may suffer “significant conflicts” due to flooding in 2100, if measures are not taken, due to the rise in sea level due to the climate crisiswarns the UIB researcher, Lluís Gómez Pujol.

“Any depressed area near the coast, that is at a height of 1 meter, is potentially susceptible to being affected”, said Gómez Pujol in the presentation of an investigation by the Balearic Islands Coastal Observation and Prediction System (SOCIB), the University of the Balearic Islands (UIB) and the Mediterranean Institute for Advanced Studies, Imedea, on the exposure, vulnerability and risk of flooding of the coastline and sandy beaches of the Balearic Islands.

The Govern has published this Thursday a scientific work elaborated in the last two years that offers a viewer with maps of the Balearic coast, with simulations on the effects that sea level rise will have at two times: 2050 and 2100.

“If we don’t take it seriously, some houses and boardwalks of places coastal will disappear“, warned the Vice President and Minister of Energy Transition and Productive Sectors, Juan Pedro Yllanes, at the press conference. “We will not see it, but future generations will,” he added.

sea ​​level rise

The level that the sea will reach has been proposed based on two scenarios of the International Panel on Climate Change for each moment: one of them, the more favorable by reducing emissions and the other the most adverse without adopting measures.

For 2050, “there will begin to be physical evidence of this rise in sea level” in the Balearic Islands, said the university researcher, with a range of sea level rise in the Balearic Islands that is from 18 centimeters to a maximum of 36.

For 2100, the least adverse ascent (if emissions are reduced) goes from 32 to 79 centimeters of ascent; and the most adverse (no pollutant reduction) is calculated between 45 and 103 centimeters of sea level rise.

Beaches

“We will have beaches, they will not be the same as now, but we will continue to have them, especially in places with dune systems”, Gómez Pujol warned. The scientist stressed that “everything that can be done to ensure that the beach is in the most optimal state” will help prevent damage.

The specialist in beach dynamics predicts that there will be more problems in areas such as Bay of Alcúdia (Majorca), the depressed areas of Ibiza and Formentera, and also some low-lying area of ​​Menorca. He explained that, as long as there are “accommodation spaces”, the beaches will be delayed towards them and “there may be an economy associated with the beaches”. The problem mainly affects the presence of promenades at low levels.

“The dune systems They must be cared for and protected. If we want to have beaches in 2100, they have to be in the best conditions because they are the reservoir of the beaches”, has added.

The scientist has warned that “the indicators are not useful for carrying out public works or for deciding whether a first-line hotel should remove a swimming pool, because that is local data and would require a specific study. This is a technical regional approach, with the greatest possible scientific rigor for now”.

climate crisis

The study is the starting point of the Government’s program “Coasts for Change, response to climate change on the coast”, jointly presented by Vice President Yllanes, and the Regional Minister for the Environment and Territory, Miquel Mir.

Yllanes has defended that, although the pandemic monopolizes the debate, it is necessary to “recover” that of the effects of the climate emergency “they don’t stop”, as shown by the fact that today in the Balearic Islands there are unusually high temperatures for November or that Europe has had the warmest October since there are records, he stressed.

He has highlighted the importance of relying on scientific evidence, such as this study in which “it is clear and in a very visual way how the sea is gaining ground and even the buildings are compromised”.