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  • Record Rainfall Adds to Waste Problem in Coastal Areas

    Jun 12
    Photo 2: Garbage piled up along the beach adjacent to the Bournemouth Bath, off Michael Manley Boulevard 2016 – The Jamaica Gleaner.

    The island of Jamaica experienced record rainfall amounts May 12th to 19th of 2017 following a prolonged period of drought. The island nation was severely impacted by heavy rains associated with a slow-moving trough (see Photo 1). The Jamaica Meteorological Service, in an emergency press conference held Tuesday May 16th, revealed that rainfall amounts received […]

  • Jamaica and the Green Climate Fund

    Sep 30
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    With effects of Climate Change presenting serious repercussions on world economies, livelihoods and security, Jamaica, among six other Caribbean countries, have solicited to be a part of the Green Climate Fund (GCF). This fund is governed by the Commonwealth Climate Finance Access Hub through its host, the Mauritius government. The capital will be used to […]

  • The Negril – Jamaica Breakwater Project Abandoned

    Jul 18
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    Beach erosion occurs when waves and currents remove sand from the beach system. The loss of sand causes the beach to become narrower and lower in elevation. Storm waves carry the sand offshore, depositing and storing the sediment in large sandbars. Technically, constructing breakwaters along Negril’s seven miles beach, which has been undergoing dramatic rates […]

  • The South China Sea/Law of the Sea

    Jul 18
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    There are several benefits to China if it is allowed to expand its Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), these include: additional sea resources, and increase their trading power amongst neighbouring countries; such as: creating a limit on the trading ships from other countries by Chinese authority. However, the expansion of the border of the South China […]

  • Kingston’s Race to Climate Departure

    Jul 7
    Global warming map shows predicted dates that temperatues in selected cities will exceed historical norms

    The term “climate departure” marks the point at which the earth’s climate begins to enter  into a new state, one where heat records are routinely shattered and what once was considered extreme will become the norm. A city hits climate departure when the average temperature of its coolest year from then on is projected to […]

  • 5 Years Since the 9.0 Magnitude Japan Earthquake

    Mar 11
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    March 11, 2011 (five years ago), a mega earthquake hit the east of Japan with a magnitude of 9.0 on the Richter scale – the largest earthquake in recorded history to hit Japan. The earthquake resulted in several spatial land waves and also an enormous tsunami which devastated the east coast of Japan. Generally, earthquakes frequently […]

  • Exhibition of MGIBlue’s poster for ‘Protection of Coastal Cities’ at the UWI Research Days Feb 17 – Feb 19, 2016

    Feb 17
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    Coastal Dynamics Modelling Laboratory (CDML) conducted a presentation based on the poster, which can be seen below, entitled “Applying Hydrodynamics Modelling Simulations for Protection of our Coastal Cities” at UWI Research Day 2016. Hydrodynamics models simulate these processes spatially and temporally, especially in the populated areas and industrialized areas. The Jamaican southeast coast, including Kingston Harbour and […]

  • MGI collaborates with NWA on Coastal Road Infrastructure Stabilisation

    Jan 26
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    MGI is providing expertise to the National Works Agency (NWA) on how various coastal hazards impact Jamaican roads. Major coastal roads such as the Michael Manley Boulevard have deteriorated over the years from the adverse effects of storm surge, swells and sea level rise. Sections of the shoreline are undercut, broken away or eroded, damaging […]

  • Dr Maxam gives 2nd Annual Ivan Goodbody Lecture at the JIEP AGM

    Nov 20
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    Dr Maxam’s presentation – The Great Terrain Robbery – My piece of the Rock versus SLR! – was delivered at the Jamaica Institute of Environmental Professionals Annual General Meeting Tuesday November 20, 2015. With much of the island’s population, properties and livelihoods at stake with projected sea level rise, Dr Maxam charged environmentalists with the challenge to create a more balanced […]

  • Hurricane Patricia, the Strongest Recorded Saffir Simpson Category 5 Hurricane in Recent History

    Nov 20
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    Hurricane Patricia, the strongest recorded Saffir Simpson Category 5 storm in recent history, developed on Oct 22, 2015, to full strength in the eastern Pacific Ocean near the southern coast of Mexico. In general – as was the case with this storm – hurricanes are driven and strengthened above warm ocean waters. The storm’s strength […]

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