Researchers Say that Expanding Mangroves Offer Ecological Benefits

Mangrove forests are one of the most interesting areas of research as they feature high amount of biodiversity while protecting the coastal areas from natural disasters. Interestingly, in recent years, mangrove forest in Florida has started to expand as the trees in the forest are turning salt marshes into mangrove swamps. A group of researchers have suggested that the latest expansion of mangrove forest offers the coastline a variety of ecological benefits.

In the latest research, the group of scientists conducting the research found out that mangroves provide greater coastal protection. For instance, the mangrove swamp created due the latest expansion of the forest proved to be a better protection for the coast from destructive waves. For instance, scientists published their findings in the journal Hydrobiologia which revealed that the protection offered by the mangrove forest are more than 800 percent greater than simple salt marshes.

The researchers wrote, “Integrating ecosystem-based approaches and ecological engineering may offer a way to mitigate and adapt to the effects of rising seas and intensifying storms.”

This latest research proves the previous claims that the mangrove forests are worth saving largely due to billions of dollars protection against storms.

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