The Maldives, a paradise to preserve
The Maldives… Just hearing this name conjures up all sorts of idyllic images: white sands, turquoise lagoons, coral reefs, colourful fish and luxury resorts. But the archipelago is seriously threatened by rising water levels. Scientists are looking for solutions to save this paradise.
“For us, climate change is no distant or abstract threat but a clear and present danger.”
Declaration by Mohamed Nasheed, former President of the Maldives at COP 24.
Sand against water
Since February 2019, scientists from MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) have been testinga scheme in the Maldives that uses the force of waves and currents to create natural sand barriers to protect the islands from rising water levels. This system, known as “Growing Islands”, involves installing underwater structures acting as obstacles in strategic places. When passing over these “artificial ramps”, the wave
s bring sand with them, which settles behind the ramp. Little by little, this sedimentation builds a sand dam that becomes increasingly taller.The first findings for this experiment are expected at the end of the year.
To go there
Maamigili Island Airport in the Maldives is one of the Top 20 airports served exclusively by ATR aircraft with 3,650 flights operated yearly.
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