EVALUATING THE CAPACITY OF NATURAL AND NATURE-BASED FEATURES TO REDUCE COASTAL STORM HAZARDS

Bret Webb, Steven Scyphers, Just Cebrian, Rachel Gittman, Shailesh Sharma, Julie Rosati

Abstract


This presentation and paper describes the capacity of natural and nature-based features (NNBF) to reduce coastal storm hazards. Through a synthesis of existing literature and studies, as well as meta-analysis and traditional data analysis where possible, the salient characteristics and capabilities of NNBF at reducing storm surge, wave action, and erosion are characterized. The research specifically focuses on the capacity of aquatic vegetation, oyster and coral reefs, beaches, dunes, maritime forests, and barrier islands to reduce and/or mitigate these coastal hazards.

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Gittman, Fodrie, Popowich, Keller, Bruno, Currin, Peterson, Piehler (2015): Engineering away our natural defenses: an analysis of shoreline hardening in the US. Front. Ecol. Environ., vol. 13, no. 6, pp. 301-307.




DOI: https://doi.org/10.9753/icce.v36.risk.39