Hurricane Damage to Coral Reefs Increases Future Flood Risk

Coastline with data plotted on top to quantify the amount of damage caused by hurricanes.

Detailed Description

The blue polygons show the results of NOAA surveys of damages to reefs after Hurricanes Irma and Maria in 2017 around San Juan, Puerto Rico. The white bars indicate expected flood risk in the 100-year floodplain before the hurricanes and the colored bar tops indicate how much risk has increased because of damages to reefs per 50,000 m2 (hexagon max width = 277 m). 


Image Dimensions: 3300 x 1823

Location Taken: San Juan, PR