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Study of the dune ecosystem in La Llana

Over the last decades, soil erosion in the Llana beach has been conspicuous. This beach is in fact a ridge of coastal dunes that separate the natural salt pans of San Pedro del Pinatar and the Mediterranean Sea. The degradation of this dune system renders the salt flats overly vulnerable to the rising sea levels and increasingly recurring storms that come as a result of climate change.

The placement of sand collectors on the dunes, in order to slow down erosion, and the revegetation of the degraded area are complementary activities to the study of storm repercussions and evolution of erosion / accretion of the dunes.

For this study, Daniel Ibarra Marinas, PhD in Geography from the University of Murcia, employs advanced software that will allow us to acknowledge the evolution of the dune ridge from the end of the 19th century to the present, as well as its future development. This is enabled by the work carried out within the LIFE SALINAS Project.

The aforementioned activity appertains to a group of measures directed towards monitoring the impact of the LIFE Salinas Project: Action D2 ‘Monitoring the stabilization and reinforcement actions of the dune ecosystem of La Llana beach to control erosion’.

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