The storm “Filomena” passed through Spain between the 6th and 11th of January. Its passage throughout Spain has sparked a big change in weather including elevated wind, heavy rain and snow. In San Pedro del Pinatar, the storm caused heavy rain and strong waves.
Despite this extreme weather, the recent construction at the “Coterillo” pond has not been affected and the new canals installed for the circulation of water throughout the pond have been operating normally.
On the other hand, the “La Llana” beach dune system is considered a weak spot where extreme weather is concerned. However, the banquettes of Posidonia oceanica deposited at the forefront of the dune system have been providing great results, preventing the strong waves from reaching the dunes.
These extreme weather conditions are becoming more and more frequent due to climate change. The Regional Park of San Pedro is particularly vulnerable to climate change, which can cause an increase of both the seas water level and the frequency of extreme weather conditions.
The LIFE Salinas Project is fighting against the effects of climate change in multiple ways: reinforcing the “La Llana” beach dune system, constructing new motes and dams throughout the saline circuit in order to evacuate water with ease, etc.