Jun. 28 – Considering Coral Reefs as Natural, National Infrastructure for Coastal Protection, USGS

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June 28, 2022 – Coral Reef Health and Restoration to Reduce Coastal Hazards

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Senior Scientist Curt Storlazzi of the USGS discusses the degradation of coastal habitats, in particular coral reefs, and how a combination of engineering, ecologic, geospatial, social, and economic tools can provide a more rigorous assessment of the coastal protection benefits of these natural resources. He addresses how that valuation as natural, national infrastructure can help finance their restoration through pre-disaster mitigation or post-disaster restoration funding and insurance.

For more information about the US Geological Survey’s Coastal and Marine Hazards and Resources Program, visit their website here. Questions, suggestions, comments? Contact USGS Senior Scientist and Research Geologist Curt Storlazzi at csorlazzi@usgs.gov.


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