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The Value of Coastal Wetlands for Hurricane Protection

Costanza, Robert; Perez-Maqueo, Octavio; Martínez, M Luisa; Sutton, Paul; Anderson, Sharolyn J.; Mulder, Kenneth


Coastal wetlands reduce the damaging effects of hurricanes on coastal communities. A regression model using 34 major US hurricanes since 1980 with the natural log of damage per unit gross domestic product in the hurricane swath as the dependent variable and the natural logs of wind speed and wetland area in the swath as the independent variables was highly significant and explained 60% of the variation in relative damages. A loss of 1 ha of wetland in the model corresponded to an average USD 33...[Show more]

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Date published: 2008
Type: Journal article
Source: AMBIO: A Journal of the Human Environment
DOI: 10.1579/0044-7447(2008)37[241:TVOCWF]2.0.CO;2


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