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wppOpinion: The Flood Reduction Benefits of Wetlands

By Michael W. Beck and Siddharth Narayan – The Scientist – August 31, 2017
The ongoing devastation from Hurricane Harvey sadly reminds us of the risks of coastal living. We feel deeply for the communities in Harvey’s path. One of us (Sid Narayan) hails from a coastal city in south India that has seen its fair share of tragedy too, from annual cyclones to the 2004 Asian tsunami. Sid has spent his career as a coastal engineer trying to design solutions to reduce those risks. He has carved a niche as one of the small but growing number of engineers helping to show where natural solutions can contribute cost effectively to risk reduction. As a coastal ecologist, the other author (Mike Beck) has had to run from storms too, including once abandoning his boat and broken trailer in a swampy, roadside ditch in the Florida panhandle. Over the past four years, our team has had the opportunity to look beyond coastal biodiversity and to work closely with the insurance sector to evaluate the benefits of coastal wetlands for flood risk reduction. For full opinion, click here.

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