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What You Should Know

Coastal hazards are natural and manmade events that impact the boundary between the ocean and the shoreline. Coastal hazards that affect the Caribbean region include:

  • Tsunamis
  • Severe storms and the Storm Surges associated with them
  • Coastal erosion
  • Coastal flooding, and
  • Sea level rise as a result of climate change.
 
Severe Storms including Hurricanes
Severe storms and hurricanes impact the Caribbean coast every year. Since a storm or hurricane derives its energy from the warm sea, it usually has the most energy at landfall and is likely to be most destructive on the coast.
In addition to strong wind force, these weather systems generally trigger coastal flooding and coastal erosion as a result of the high rainfall and changes in sea level associated with these events.

There are a range of natural and man-made coastal hazards which impact on our Caribbean shorelines, but with an adequate system of coastal management, many challenges can be alleviated. 
 
For information on what you can do:
The Coastal Zone Management Unit, Barbados (http://www.coastal.gov.bb/category.cfm?category=15), which is the interim Caribbean Tsunami Information Centre (CTIC) for the Tsunami and Other Coastal Hazards Warning System for the Caribbean and Adjacent Regions (CARIBE-EWS). The following technical resources can be found the Coastal Zone Management Unit website:

  1. Coastal Engineering for Natural Hazards
     
  2. Coastal Planning Considerations

  3. Development Planning for Coastal Hazards

  4. GIS Hazard Mapping and Disaster Preparedness in Barbados

  5. The Role of Marine Ecosystems in Hazard Management


For more information:
Understanding Tsunamis (269.87 KB)
Coastal Hazards Brochure (409.05 KB)
Coastal Community Resilience Guide (3.49 MB)

 

 

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