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Storm warning: Beware of coastal risks
Coastlines are never frozen, they are constantly shaped by natural phenomenon such as tides, swell and wind. During this time of year when more and more winter storms appear, coastlines are also modified and are victims of erosion or marine submersion. Not aware of these risks, people are sometimes facing some dangerous situations because of these worsening phenomena. In order to inform about these dangers and prevent them, Surfrider Europe is expanding its erosion map gathering more illustrated examples and testimonies.
Erosion, Marine submersion... and climate change
When natural phenomenon becomes a coastal risk
©Nicolas Turcat – AFP
Human activity: both victim and responsible
- Active striving: often detrimental to the environment, that is for example the chosen solution in La Faute-sur-Mer en Vendée, after Xynthia’s storm in 2010, with the reinforcement of seawalls.
- Natural process adjustment or reinforcement: the Mediterranean coast management style with restoration and protection of dunes on sand coastlines can be stated as an example.
- Stakes resettlement or strategic retreat: difficult to set-up because of its cost and impact on population, that solution has been implemented in Criel-sur-Mer in Normandy to face cliffs’ collapsing.
- Passive surveillance: monitor the coastlines over time, this is the strategy adopted on Erretegia’s beach in Bidart, in Pyrénées Atlantiques, in the absence of any stakes.
All these information and even more are gathered on an interactive map developed by Surfrider Europe. To raise awareness on this coastal issue and share information to the public, the organization has created this tool to allow each of us to discover sites where coastal risks exist today and to learn about each unique situation through personal testimony, image comparison over time and implemented strategies. The map is currently being piloted in France though it is soon to be widened to Europe to help all citizens take smart actions accordingly. Thanks to this map, the organization wishes to remind that the Ocean has its own laws and that coastlines are living environment that need to breathe. It is time to learn how to live in harmony with the Ocean, and not against it.