Rehobouth Beach in Sussex, England, has been given a makeover to better mimic the wind-swept landscape of a European city.
A study has revealed that windblown plants and flowers have a longer life span than plants and plants in the surrounding countryside.
The study was conducted by researchers at the British Antarctic Survey and published in Nature Climate Change on Monday.
The findings suggest that windy conditions can have a long-term effect on wildlife and ecosystems, with the study finding that windborne plants and wildlife have a greater chance of surviving to maturity, and can survive into old age.
Researchers found that the species that were exposed to the high winds of Rehohsted were at higher risk of death than their counterparts in the background.
The wind was also able to influence the plants and the flowers they grew, with wind-blown plants more likely to survive to maturity.
Professor Tim Pannell from the British Geological Survey’s climate department said: “Our results indicate that the longer plants and vegetation survive in the high wind-generated environment, the higher their chances of surviving beyond their life-cycle in the natural environment.”
In some cases, the longer they live, the greater their chances are of surviving in the next generation.
“Windblown plants are not only more likely than their surroundings to survive past their lifespan, but to live into old ages.”
The study also found that wind was able to affect the health of the organisms in the environment.
It was found that if wind blows over a plant’s leaves, the leaves themselves could become inflamed and start growing more than they normally would, increasing the chances that the plant will fail and die.
The results of the study are important as the world is slowly transitioning from fossil fuels to renewable energy.
Wind power, which was first developed in the UK in the 1960s, is being adopted by businesses and utilities around the world.
The National Grid has already started installing wind turbines on its national grid, and there are more wind turbines being installed around the country.
More to come…