During the passage of time, patterns in weather can contribute to natural erosion in shorelines all around the world. While this has happened throughout history, there are some regions that are taking measures to protect their natural shores. Furthermore, as climate change continues to be a focus among environmental problems, rising sea levels are seen as potential threats to any waterfront areas.
Northern Ireland has many miles of gorgeous coastline, but is unfortunately now faced with trying to deal with problems due to massive erosions left from ocean swells, tides, and rising sea levels.
The Problem of Erosion on Northern Ireland's Coast
Over the last few years, the coast of Northern Ireland has been subject to a number of major storms that have sped up the already considerable wear and tear. With nearly 500 miles of coastline, a number of communities are being seriously affected by the loss of land and property.
Unfortunately, with every major storm that creates a storm surge, the coast retreats further and further back. Those that previously had waterfront properties on cliffs have even found they've lost their houses to disappearing land.
The National Trust is one of the charities in charge of conserving and maintaining the shoreline, and for years they have been undertaking research to see what effects certain patterns are having on the land.
Who is Affected?
Northern Ireland is well known for its long, beautiful coastline, and in some locations there are parks and gardens that have been cultivated at the shore. There is a great fear that these attractions will one day be affected by rising sea levels, so many local and national organizations are banding together to create long term strategies to find a solution.
Furthermore, there are entire ecosystems that survive on coastlines along these coastal areas, and there is a move by conservationist groups and the National Trust towards finding ways to relocate these ecosystems so as not to lose Northern Ireland's natural resources to the imposing sea.
A Solution for Coastal Erosion
For many years, every time significant erosion affected the coastline major time and money have gone into heavy repairs and renovations to shore up the area and make sure homes and buildings are secured. However, the National Trust has recently released a new report showing that these preventative measures are far less effective than simply relocating communities and historic attractions to safer locations inland. The National Trust has started to work with governments in the area of Ireland, Wales, and England to help the locales prepare for rising tides and future erosion.
Some members of Northern Ireland's coastal communities see this as abandoning local areas, so the National Trust is undertaking a series of outreach and educational campaigns to make sure that citizens are safe and informed about the long-term repercussions of this environmental issue. Relocating existing ecosystems, attractions, and buildings are paramount to the National Trust's plan and it appears this will be the best solution in preserving both the beauty of the area and the safety of its residents for years to come.
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