Storm Surge Reduction by Mangroves

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Mangroves can reduce storm surge water levels by slowing the flow of water and reducing surface waves. Therefore mangroves can potentially play a role in coastal defence and disaster risk reduction, either alone or alongside other risk reduction measures such as early warning systems and engineered coastal defense structures (e.g. sea walls).

Author(s): Anna L. McIvor, The Nature Conservancy, Cambridge, UK and Cambridge Coastal Research Unit, Department of Geography, University of Cambridge, UK. Corresponding author: [email protected] Tom Spencer, Cambridge Coastal Research Unit, Department of Geography, University of Cambridge, UK. Iris Möller, Cambridge Coastal Research Unit, Department of Geography, University of Cambridge, UK. Mark Spalding, The Nature Conservancy, Cambridge, UK and Department of Zoology, University of Cambridge, UK.