THE stretch of coast between Knysna and Algoa Bay has been identified as one of Africa's most vulnerable areas.
This was revealed by the national Department of Environmental Affairs' director of oceans research, Ashley Johnson, yesterday at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU), where the department launched National Marine Week. The stretch of coastline was increasingly prone to severe weather patterns and storms generated from the rising temperatures in the Southern Ocean, Johnson said.
The intensity of storms hitting areas situated on this coastline was on the rise because of environmental factors, including climate change, he said.
"The area between Knysna and Algoa Bay, as well as the majority of the southern hemisphere, has a lot of ocean space and therefore does not have a buffer zone for approaching storms," Johnson said. "A buffer zone would, for example, be a land mass, which would slow a storm before it got to a specific area. This is not the case on this coastline, hence we are witnessing an increase in adverse weather patterns."
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