Meteotsunami hits several cites along Adriatic coast, Croatia

A meteorological tsunami or meteo-tsunami event was observed today in several Croatian cities along the Adriatic coastCoasts are projected to be exposed to increasing risks, including coastal erosion, due to climate change and sea level rise. The effect will be exacerbated by increasing human-induced pressures on coastal areas (very high confidence). By the 2080s, many millions more people than today are .... In some places sea levels rose up to 2 meters.

According to Darko Dragojević, a member of independent Croatian meteorological organization Crometeo, who observed and reported the event in Vela Luka (Korčula), sea levels sharply rose for about 1.5 meters around 08:30 local time/CET (06:30 UTC). Although the waterClimate change is expected to exacerbate current stresses on water resources from population growth and economic and land-use change, including urbanisation. On a regional scale, mountain snow pack, glaciers and small ice caps play a crucial role in freshwater availability. Widespread mass ... did not enter nearby houses, several boats were damaged.

“The damage would be much higher had this happen during the night. People realized what was happening and reacted quickly,” Dragojević said.

The event, which lasted for about 3 hours, was also observed in Stari Grad (Hvar) and Rijeka Dubrovačka where sea levels rose for 2 meters (6.5 feet). 

Images courtesy of Darko Dragojević, Crometeo

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Meteo-tsunami is rare, tsunami-like, wave phenomenon of meteorological origin. Unlike tsunamis (Japanese word meaning “harbor wave”), which are caused by earthquakes or underwater landslides, meteo-tsunamis are caused by quick atmospheric pressure variations over relatively small areas. They are created when atmospheric disturbance wave resonance matches the open sea waves. Though the wave can be only 20 cm high and hardly observed when created, it can quickly grow as it approachesCore to livelihoods approaches are a set of principles that underpin best practice in any development intervention: *People-centred *Responsive and participatory *Multi-level *Conducted in partnership * Sustainable *Dynamic the coastline and cause serious damage and lossnote this term is defined differently by the CCA and DRM communities of lives.

In normal circumstances the amplitude of atmospheric disturbance is less than 1 hPa, while in extreme cases it can be over 10 hPa.

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Crometeo weatherWeather refers to the state of the atmosphere with regard to temperature, cloudiness, rainfall, wind, and other meteorological conditions. (UKCIP) stations in Korčula measured strong atmospheric disturbance caused by cumulonimbus cloud passing south of Korčula island. In Vela Luka, the atmospheric pressure rose almost 4 hectopascals (hPa) in just 20 minutes. From 1007,8 hPa at 06:22 to 1011,2 hPa at 06:42 UTC.​

Image credit: Sat24/EUMETSAT

Featured image: Meteo-tsunami in Vela Luka, Korčula – Croatia. Image credit: Darko Dragojević / Crometeo

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