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Riviera Maya to get climate change observatory

Riviera Maya, Q.R. — A Climate Change Observatory along the coast of Quintana Roo is set for installation by the National Polytechnic Institute.

With a focus on conservation and in response to the challenges posed by development and climate change, the Interdisciplinary Center for Research and Studies on Environment and Development of the National Polytechnic Institute will install an observatory at Sian Ka’an.

Norma Patricia Muñoz Sevilla, institute researcher, said that the observatory will be located in Pez Maya, Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve, which has 25 hectares and three kilometers of beach for coastal, marine and wetland conservation.

She says that it will be there where a group of experts will take control of a series of environmental, meteorological, physico-chemical parameters, water quality, evolution of the coastline and geochemical evaluation of the mangrove area, among others.

She explained that the region is a highly productive area from the point of view of ecosystems since it is part of the Mesoamerican Reef. At the same time, the area is vulnerable to global warming and natural phenomena that are becoming more intense, as happened with Hurricane Gilberto where 50 percent of Cancun suffered serious damage to its infrastructure and beaches.

She recalled that in recent years, the issue of the oceans has taken hold.

“Mexico is a favored country with the presence of two water bodies, a single gulf that is the California or Mar de Cortes and the Gulf of Mexico, shared with the United States and Cuba, as well as a portion of the Caribbean Sea, a situation that forces us to protect, conserve and make sustainable use of these large marine ecosystems.”

In the framework of the National System of Climate Change, Muñoz said that this project is related to another meteorological station installed in Sinaloa eight years ago, which will allow researchers to understand the interrelation between the coasts of the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea and the North Pacific.

She says it will also allow them to see which bodies of water behave differently because of their geographical location and geomorphological and vocation characteristics.

Due to the geographical location of the country, vulnerability is always present because of the intensity and frequency of natural phenomena.