Coarse Detrital Deposits from Hurricane Wilma on the Western Coast of Cojimar, Havana, Cuba

  • Reinaldo Rojas-Consuegra
  • Jorge Isaac-Mengana
  • Felipe Matos PupoEmail author
  • Matthew Charles Peros
Conference paper


Hurricane Wilma produced huge waves that hit the western coast of Cuba. The coast sector located west of the town of Cojimar remained under extremely heavy wave action and unidirectional currents for almost 72 h. Sediment tests provided new knowledge on the sediment processes that took place in the sea–land interphase. The effects of this anomalous event were evident in elements such as detritus, coastal boulders and vegetation, the soil and existing anthropogenic materials. Results make evident important regularities of high methodological value. It is highlighted in this work that the elimination of the coastal vegetation increases the negative effects of storms, increasing vulnerability in the coastal zone in the face of these extreme events.


Coastal boulders Detritus Hurricane Wilma Sediment processes Vulnerability 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Reinaldo Rojas-Consuegra
    • 1
  • Jorge Isaac-Mengana
    • 1
  • Felipe Matos Pupo
    • 2
    Email author
  • Matthew Charles Peros
    • 3
  1. 1.Museo Nacional de Historia Natural de CubaHavanaCuba
  2. 2.Centro de Investigaciones de Ecosistemas CosterosCayo CocoCuba
  3. 3.Department of Environmental Studies and GeographyBishop’s UniversitySherbrookeCanada

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