Climate change could cause a catastrophic loss of species in the Kruger National Park, scientists working in the park said. Airborne laser surveys that measured the damage to rivers from extreme floods in 2000 and 2012 found they needed more than a decade to recover. David Milan‚ from the University of Hull in the UK‚ said the 2012 flood removed almost 1.25-million tonnes of sediment from the bed of the Sabie River. "We also found that patches of mature riparian forest that survived larger floods in 2000 were removed by the 2012 floods‚" he said. "There is a suggestion that the frequency of large flood events is increasing due to climate change‚ and our analysis of river channel morphology for a 50km length of the Sabie River shows us that these rivers need time-spans longer than a decade to recover." High-resolution data from the laser surveys was used to create accurate digital models of river beds after the 2012 flood‚ enabling scientists funded by the UK’s Natural Environmental ...

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