Economic benefit of coral reef-lined coastlines in U.S.

United States coastlines plotted with the expected annual benefits in dollars of having coral reef-lined coastlines.

Detailed Description

Map displaying the distribution of total economic losses (direct building damages and indirect economic disruption) in the U.S. that are prevented from flooding by coral reefs annually. In total, the annual coastal flooding risk reduction benefits provided by U.S. coral reefs exceed $1.8 billion.


Image Dimensions: 4575 x 3083

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Location Taken: US


The Value of U.S. Coral Reefs for Risk Reduction
Discover the social and economic benefits provided by U.S. reefs

Rigorously valuing the role of U.S. coral reefs in coastal hazard risk reduction
U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2019–1027