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Restoring Natural Defenses to Help Communities in Coastal Floodplains Adapt to Climate Change
Wednesday, July 13, 2016
Restoring Natural Defenses to Help Communities in
Coastal Floodplains Adapt to Climate Change

By Shannon E. Cunniff with Environmental Defense Fund (scunniff@edf.org)

Oyster and coral reefs, dunes and mangroves act as speed bumps and shock absorbers to reduce the impacts of rising seas and coastal storms. These natural defenses are cost effective and provide myriad benefits to coastal communities. Natural defenses can complement traditional approaches to floodplain management, such as building and zoning codes and hardened engineered solutions, to create multiple lines of defense against storms. Expanding engineering design literacy for natural defenses will hasten their acceptance as key features for building coastal community resilience.

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