Sea surge will increase in Kerala’s coastal areas in coming years: Experts

Sea surge will increase in Kerala’s coastal areas in coming years: Experts

Kochi: Marine experts on Saturday warned that coastal areas of Kerala would see a rising trend of sea level rise in the coming years due to rise in sea surface temperature.
He was speaking at a webinar organized by the Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI), Kochi, on the occasion of World Environment Day today.
Expressing concern over the calamities faced by the coastal community due to high waves and sea erosion, the webinar sought restoration of coastal vegetation with emphasis on mangrove afforestation, which, according to experts, would help protect the coastal region as a bio-shield. serves as. life of the inhabitants of the area.
The webinar reported that the entire coast of Kerala witnessed a ‘storm surge’ during the recent two cyclones Taukata and Yas, a CMFRI said here.
According to the release, experts believe that such storms are likely to hit the coast in the coming years with the rapid warming of waters in the Indian Ocean.
Cyclonic winds help create storm surges in water resulting in high waves, sea erosion and flooding of coastal settlements. This was clearly observed recently, especially in coastal areas like Chellanam, he said.
Dr A Gopalakrishnan, Director, CMFRI said that Kerala’s coastal region can be saved to a great extent from ocean wrath through restoration of mangroves and other biodiversity.
“Conservation of coastal biodiversity, which is deteriorating due to many reasons, including construction, is the best long-term natural option for protecting coastal people’s lives from ocean disturbances,” he said, adding that mangroves serve as a model bio-shield. work in. to the coastal section.
Gopalakrishnan said, “A recent study has shown that mangroves protect coastal wave actions and severe surges based on observations made in the Mumbai Coastal region. Kerala has several ideal areas along the coastline known as mangrove forests. to be preserved.”
The webinar, which was attended by leading experts from the country working on mangroves, recommended that restoration of coastal vegetation along the Kerala coast should be planned in a social forestry concept with public participation.
Identification of potential areas for mangrove afforestation requires feasibility study, it is proposed.
The webinar also suggested awareness programs among various stakeholders to create a bio-green belt along the coast with the aim of protecting the residents of the area.
The participants included Dr. N. Vasudevan, Managing Director, Forest Development Corporation, Maharashtra, PP Pramod, Chief Conservator of Forests, Eastern Circle and Conservator of Forests, Kerala, Dr. R. Ramasubramaniam, Director, Coastal Systems Research Program at MS Swaminathan Research Foundation, Chennai. Dr. Grinson George, Senior Program Specialist, SAARC.

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