A PhD researcher from Kerala discovers disappearing of uninhabited Lakshadweep island; read more here!
Source : NewsBharatiDate : 06-Sep-2017
Kochi, 6 September: One of the biodiversity–rich inhabited islands part of Lakshadweep has vanished due to coastal erosion and another four such territories in the sea are shrinking fast, claims a new study.
RM Hidayathulla in his research work has observed that Parali I island, part of Bangaram atoll covered 0.032 km2 in 1968, which has been eroded to an extent of 100% resulting in its inundation. Hidayathulla was awarded this year for his PhD work on "Studies on Coastal Erosion in Selected Uninhabited Islands of Lakshadweep Archipelago with Special Reference to Biodiversity Conservation" from Calicut University.
The study said the complete erosion and inundation of Parali I was pointing to the gravity of issues associated with coastal erosion within the atoll. "The results are indicative of the urgent measures to be implemented on each islet of the atoll to check further erosion. It is also recommended to check the feasibility of a bio protection strategy using mangroves, in addition to the conventional physical protection measures," Hidayathulla.
Noted climate expert Chandra Bhushan from CSE hailed the work and said this is one of the very studies done in India to establish the erosion and complete inundation of an island. "It is now widely recognised that islands and coastal areas are going to get eroded and inundated due to rising sea levels because of increasing global temperature. India's coasts and islands, which are densely populated, are highly vulnerable.”