LIFE AdaptCalaMillor to the XVII Jornades Espanyoles d’Enginyeria de Costes i Ports

The LIFE AdaptCalaMillor project participated in the XVII edition of the Spanish Conference on Coastal and Port Engineering. This event, held every two years since 1992, is a reference meeting that brings together leading national and international experts from universities, public administrations and companies. In this conference crucial issues for the sustainability and management of coastal areas are addressed through lectures and poster sessions. The participation of LIFE AdaptCalaMillor will allow to share knowledge and experiences on adaptation to climate change of urban beaches, highlighting the importance of collaboration between different sectors and institutions under a strategy of governance and active participation.

Specifically, the participation took place in the session “Climate change – coastal adaptation”, where Aida Pericàs-Palou, predoctoral researcher of the ICTS SOCIB, explained to more than 50 people the governance actions that have been carried out and are planned to involve stakeholders and local society in the selection of measures to adapt to climate change in Cala Millor, based on nature and science.

In addition to the presentation in the session “Climate change – coastal adaptation”, the LIFE AdaptCalaMillor project team also participated with a scientific poster detailing the historical evolution and monitoring efforts at Cala Millor beach, which since the dismantling of its dune system and the incorporation of large volumes of sand at the end of the sixties, has experienced a local perception of sediment loss. This phenomenon has motivated at least five regeneration operations, the last one in 2002, with more than 40,000 m³ of sediment.

Since 1998, Cala Millor has been the object of numerous scientific studies and coastal observation projects, becoming one of the most monitored beaches in the Mediterranean. These efforts, initiated by the BALIT research group of the University of the Balearic Islands and continued by entities such as IMEDEA and SOCIB, have implemented various video-monitoring technologies and topographic surveys. This extensive monitoring has provided valuable data on the temporal and spatial variability of Mediterranean beaches, assessing long-term trends and their response to the forces associated with Global Change.

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