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Storm-proofing with marshes

Shorelines are vulnerable to the destructive waves and water levels of increasingly frequent extreme storm events. Wave tank experiments demonstrate that salt marsh vegetation dissipates wave energy and withstands extreme storm conditions.

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Figure 1: Bimodal response of vegetated and unvegetated shorelines to extreme events.


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Fagherazzi, S. Storm-proofing with marshes. Nature Geosci 7, 701–702 (2014).

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