Mangroves near Chinese cities can reduce storm surges by over 2 metres

A mangrove forest in Shenzhen Bay, China

A mangrove forest in Shenzhen Bay, China


Well-placed mangrove forests can help protect coastal communities from rising water levels during a tropical storm, according to a modelling study.

Mangroves contain trees that grow in saltwater on coastlines, mostly in tropical and subtropical regions. In many parts of the world, they have been destroyed to make way for fish and seafood farming. However, they are important carbon sinks and their restoration is seen as a promising way to mitigate climate change.

They can also act as a first line of defence against …

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