It seems Australia’s Great Barrier Reef is going through its most devastating period. After the shocking impacts of climate change and coral bleaching, now a recent tropical cyclone has added more miseries to the region. ‘Debbie’, the strongest tropical hurricane, going on in the Australian region after Cyclone Quang in 2015, has added to the wretchedness of the Great Barrier Reef, – the iconic ecological region of Australia. The blow of the cyclone has hammered a healthy region of the site that had escaped the most horrible event of the coral bleaching over the last 15 months, said a senior researcher at ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies.
The slow-moving, Category four steamy tornado, which made landfall on the coast of North Queensland on Tuesday afternoon, have left a trail of broad injuries to the colourful reefs in its alleyway, just like the Cyclone Yasi in 2011, said David Wachenfeld, the director of the reef recovery at the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority. The scientists also have warned that the cooling effects of the cyclone will not be sufficient to recover the damages, caused by it to the reefs of Great Barrier Reef.
As said by the new survey, conducted by the researchers at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, the natural devastation has added to the human-caused and economic toll of Cyclone Debbie, which is reportedly killed more than six people in the recent weeks and disengaged the transport routes of railway in one of the biggest coal grounds of the world. The cyclone has attacked the healthy and escaped region of Great Barrier Reef, from the damages, caused by Coral Bleaching. The dents were intense, when the slow-moving tropical storm struck a potentially much healthier part of the ridge, prevailed over any possible advantageous cooling effect, said scientists from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies.
The agency, in one of its statements also highlighted that “Any cooling consequences, caused by or related to the tropical cyclone are likely to be insignificant compared with the damages it caused. Its devastating effects have unfortunately struck a hale and hearty section of the reef that had runaway majorly from the worst effects of the coral bleaching events happened in last 15 months”.
The trail of destruction, created by Debbie also dreadfully affected Airlie Beach, Proserpine and Bowen, while the effect intensity is quite manageable in Hamilton, Hayman and Daydream Islands. The environmental charity Ocean Watch earlier had expected that the cooling effect of Cyclone Debbie on the scorching ocean temperatures might assuage the pressure of climate change while preventing the reef from further bleaching. But in one of its recently published statement, the ARC officials have confirmed that the effects of Cyclone Debbie will not thwart additional mass bleaching events, as the harshest harms this year had taken place in the north of her trail.