• Palu’s Destructive Tsunami – the Warning to be Heard Across the World

    Oct 12
    Between September 28thand 29thof 2018, the island of Sulawesi, Indonesia was hit by dozens of earthquakes (see Figure 1), the most significant of which being of 7.5 magnitude and 10 km deep, approximately 80 km north of the coastal city of Palu. These earthquakes occurred along the Palu-Koro fault, which is a strike-slip fault zone, …Read more  »
  • Sargassum to Systems – Environmental Reporting Gets a Boost in Saint Lucia

    Oct 1
    In the Caribbean, like many other parts of the world, what may be signs of climate change are becoming more apparent and difficult to ignore. Seventeen (17) of the eighteen (18) warmest years on record have occurred since 2001, with 1998 being the exception to this trend. The frequency and severity of natural disasters such …Read more  »
  • Record Rainfall Adds to Waste Problem in Coastal Areas

    Jun 12
    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 …Read more  »
  • Jamaica and the Green Climate Fund

    Sep 30
    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 …Read more  »
  • The Negril – Jamaica Breakwater Project Abandoned

    Jul 18
    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 …Read more  »
  • The South China Sea/Law of the Sea

    Jul 18
    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 …Read more  »
  • Kingston’s Race to Climate Departure

    Jul 7
    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 …Read more  »
  • 5 Years Since the 9.0 Magnitude Japan Earthquake

    Mar 11
    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 …Read more  »
  • Exhibition of MGIBlue’s poster for ‘Protection of Coastal Cities’ at the UWI Research Days Feb 17 – Feb 19, 2016

    Feb 17
    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 …Read more  »
  • MGI collaborates with NWA on Coastal Road Infrastructure Stabilisation

    Jan 26
    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 …Read more  »