Public lecture on coral reefs as coastal protection

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On Thursday, April 26, research geologist Curt Storlazzi of the USGS Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center gave a public lecture on “The Role of U.S. Coral Reefs in Coastal Protection—Rigorously valuing flood reduction benefits to inform coastal zone management decisions.”

Coral reefs provide a first line of defense against flooding by storm waves. Storlazzi and colleagues have identified characteristics—like the width of a reef and the roughness of its surface—that determine how well reefs function as a physical defense. USGS can provide information to guide restoration of coral reefs at a scale (10s of meters) that is useful to managers, thus helping to reduce risk and increase the resiliency of coastal communities. The lecture will take place at the USGS Menlo Park campus at 7 p.m.

Watch the recorded public lecture.

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Flyer to advertise the upcoming USGS Menlo Park Campus Free Public Lecture on April 26, 2018: "The Role of U.S. Coral Reefs in Coastal Protection: Rigorously valuing flood reduction benefits to inform coastal zone management decisions." To be given by Curt Storlazzi, USGS Research Geologist at Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center, Santa Cruz, CA. Watch the recorded public lecture.

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April 26, 2018

Title: The Role of U.S. Coral Reefs in Coastal Protection - Rigorously valuing flood reduction benefits to inform coastal zone management decisions

  • Coral reefs are a first line of coastal defense
  • We can account for the physical defense that reefs provide
  • We can provide value-based information to guide restoration efforts at management-relevant scales (10s of meters)
  • We can direct ecosystems restoration efforts to reduce risk and increase the resiliency of coastal communities