Utila Vulnerable to Extreme Weather

June 28th, 2012
by Gunter Kordovsky

[private] v10-7-Utila PerspectiveFundaciĆ³n Islas de la Bahia and the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) held a very interesting meeting at the iguana station on Utila May 11.

Edward Gardiner, an expert on climate change, highlighted several themes: climate change, ocean acidification, coral reefs and fisheries, extreme weather conditions, mangroves and coastal protection.

The purpose of the meeting, which had a fair amount of participants, was to create awareness of climate change impacts on the island and to look for possible alternatives or solutions.

The meeting was very informative and lively, with Neil Keller adding spice with some of his comments on my photo of 40-foot waves stirred up by Hurricane Mitch in 1998 (see below).

The meeting contributed to our awareness of the vulnerability of islands like Utila to extreme weather events. [/private]

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