California is notorious for its golden sands and large beaches that attract most of the tourists and adventurers. However, this beautiful landscape might soon disappear from the face of the Earth. This scenario could happen as soon as the year of 2100. Scientists used the latest technology to analyze the threat of massive beach erosion.
The Beach Erosion Was Predicted by the CoSMoS System
The Coastal Storm Modeling System is a digital program that can build elaborate possible scenarios based on inserted data. The technology was used numerous times to assess how the future will change due to the rise in sea level and storms. The estimations of CoSMoS are already playing an important role in the local decision making.
On Monday, the U.S. Geological Survey published some bad news based on scientific findings. The research paper used the measurements of the CoSMoS program to reach the conclusion that Southern California is going to suffer from beach erosion by the year of 2100. This landscape is not only an important asset for the economy of the state due to its touristic attractions. It is also the first guardian that protects the coast against the damages of storms.
One of the authors of the study, Patrick Barnard, is a coastal geologist. To his mind, any urban area that developed across a shoreline is dependent on the protection assured by a wide beach. The ecosystem services this landscape provides hold a financial value of up to $72,900 per acre according to the Environmental Protection Agency.
“The beaches are an economic driver for many of these communities from tourism, and also the first line of defense against storm impacts and damage.”
People Need to Mobilize Operations to Provide the Beaches with Sands Periodically
The main agent capable of triggering the massive beach erosion is the sea level rise. The study forecasts that the sea will increase to about 3.3 to 6.6 feet. However, humans can intervene in saving this natural treasure. The solution is to fortify the beaches with more sand. People have to coordinate a complex operation through which to distribute the sand along the 310-miles stretch of Southern California.
However, one such operation is not enough. People will have to work perpetually on providing protection for Californian beaches. The sea world is permanently under the influence of many active agents. Storms, tides, and waves are all corrosive factors that happen naturally. Usually, the lost sand is replenished by new loads coming from rivers. However, a study from the 1920s suggested that four-fifths of this natural resource are kept at bay by dams. Thus, human intervention is highly necessary for the salvation of Californian beaches.
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