Published on 27 October 2021
Every year, the Atafona shore retreats an average of about three metres, with a peak of 30 metres between 2008 and 2009. This retreat is a symptom of coastal erosion, accentuated by extreme weather events. The impact has been significant: to date, more than 500 buildings have been swallowed up by the waves and many more are threatened by the advancing waters.
The Copernicus Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich satellite uses radar to measure sea level rise – one of the consequences of climate change.