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How marsh grass protects shorelines

David L. Chandler of MIT News writes on how marsh grass protects shorelines.

The C3 Take
  • A new study by MIT has examined how marsh grass protects shorelines and communities from storm surges, rising sea levels, and other climate-related impacts.
  • It has been estimated that $625 million worth of damage from Hurricane Sandy was mitigated due to marsh grass.
  • Natural climate solutions such as marsh grass are crucial to climate mitigation and adaptation efforts and protecting coastlines and coastal communities.

“Marsh plants, which are ubiquitous along the world’s shorelines, can play a major role in mitigating the damage to coastlines as sea levels rise and storm surges increase. Now, a new MIT study provides greater detail about how these protective benefits work under real-world conditions shaped by waves and currents.”

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