Coastal wetlands 'a washout' against storm surges

日期:2017-08-21 05:00:05 作者:端木馓笪 阅读:

By Devin Powell (Image: scol22, stock.xchng) THE long-held belief that coastal wetlands help shield communities from flooding during hurricanes has been called into question, casting doubt on one of the benefits of restoring wetlands. In 1964, the US Army Corps of Engineers estimated that tropical storm surges lose about 7 centimetres in height for every kilometre they travel over coastal wetlands. This rule of thumb has since been cited extensively by government and advocacy groups to support the case for regenerating wetlands in Louisiana,