Abstract. Mangroves: 11 facts you need to know These unique trees lead tough lives — but we’re all the better for it. One of the star players in the coastal protection game is the mangrove. Mangrove trees are anything but one-trick ponies. Mangrove forests grow along the coast in fine, salty sediments across the tropics and sub-tropics. Mangrove forests are among the most threatened habitats in the world, and mangrove loss is rampant across the globe. As the salty water evaporates, noticeable salt crystals often form on the surface of the leaves. As a result, they guard against coastal erosion and protect shore communities from storm surge. Where the mangroves reduce and break up the wave energy, preventing it from having the energy to suspend sediment and erode the coast. What are mangroves? Mangroves are tropical trees that thrive in conditions most timber could never tolerate — salty, coastal waters, and the interminable ebb and flow of the tide. They thrive in salty environments because they can obtain freshwater from saltwater. Mangroves protect coastlines, store carbon – and are expanding with climate change. Mangroves categorized as secretors, including species in the black mangrove genus Avicennia, push salt from the ocean water out through special pores or salt glands within their leaves. Ranges of mangroves have naturally waxed and waned over the years, influenced by the weather, but with climate change has come a crucial reduction in crop- and tree-killing freeze events. Along tropical coastlines, red mangrove trees are hard at work. They accumulate fortifying layers of mud and decaying plant matter, effectively “rising” with the sea level. Mangroves are one of Florida's true natives. The paper assembles a regionwide panel dataset that measures local economic activity using nightlights, potential hurricane damages using a detailed wind field model, and mangrove protection by mapping the width of mangrove forests on the path to the coast. Mangroves significantly reduce annual and catastrophic damages from storms and are a strong first line of defense for coastal communities, according to a … Some secrete excess salt through their leaves, while others block absorption of salt at their roots.Florida's estimated 469,000 acres of mangrove forests contribute to the overall health of the state's southern coastal zone. On top of that the roots of the mangroves also hold sediment in place, meaning that the wave energy would have to be higher to suspend that sediment. They do it all: sequester greenhouse gases, protect marine life, maintain fresh water and, of course, defend against rising sea levels and storm surges. For many mangroves, however, the salt is dealt with after it enters the plant. This is a dramatic change in the plant community along this stretch of the Atlantic coast. This is known as wave attenuation. Study of pollutant load on mangrove health and estimation of assimilation capacity of existing mangrove ecosystems along the coast. Mangrove trees' thickets of stilt-like roots protect coastal land from erosion and help mitigate the damage of tsunamis and hurricanes.They may also serve as a … This paper evaluates whether mangroves can mitigate the impact of hurricanes on economic activity.
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