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Mangroves and Coral Reefs Yield Positive Return on Investment for Flood Protection, Study Finds

June 24, 2022
World Economic Forum
Using a benefit-risk analysis, researchers have found that mangroves and coral reefs can be cost-effective in reducing coastal flooding, a press release from the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC), said. Using risk and insurance industry techniques, the researchers were able to show that the gains from reduced damage from floods outweighed the costs of restoring the corals and mangroves, leading to a favorable return on investment.
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Reefense project aims to meld biology and engineering in novel structures for coastal protection

June 22, 2022
UC Santa Cruz
UCSC scientists are part of a DARPA-funded team to develop innovative solutions for coral reef restoration in Florida and the Caribbean to protect coastal infrastructure
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Hawaii’s ‘million-dollar reefs’ need more funding to protect us, study finds

April 19, 2021
Honolulu Star Advertiser
A new study shows U.S. coral reefs provide $1.8 billion in flood-risk benefits to property owners and people’s livelihoods every year, with top value assigned to the reef stretching offshore of Diamond Head, Waikiki and Kakaako.
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Coral reefs prevent >$5.3 billion in potential U.S. flood damage

April 15, 2021
UC Santa Cruz
Coral reefs provide many services to coastal communities, including critical protection from flood damage. A new study led by researchers at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and the U.S. Geological Survey reveals how valuable coral reefs are in protecting people, structures, and economic activity in the United States from coastal flooding during storms.
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Nature-Based Approaches to Urban Shoreline Protection

December 1, 2020
Biohabitats
Expert Q&A: Dr. Michael Beck. His research is strengthening the economic argument for investment in the protection and restoration of coastal ecosystems.
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A Race Against Time to Rescue a Reef From Climate Change

December 5, 2020
The New York Times
In an unusual experiment, a coral reef in Mexico is now insured against hurricanes. A team of locals known as “the Brigade” rushed to repair the devastated corals, piece by piece.
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UCSC professor awarded more than $1 million to research coastal resiliency

December 1, 2020
Santa Cruz Sentinel
AXA, a global insurance company, has awarded UC Santa Cruz marine science Research Professor Michael Beck more than $1 million in funding to further his lab’s research into how reefs and marshes combat sea-level rise and related natural disasters.
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New AXA Chair at UC Santa Cruz to Build Coastal Resilience Naturally

December 1, 2020
AXA Research Fund
Marine scientist Michael Beck was awarded the chair to support his work on natural defenses to enhance coastal resilience to flooding, erosion, and sea level rise.
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AXA Chair at UC Santa Cruz funds efforts to build coastal resilience naturally

December 1, 2020
UC Santa Cruz
Marine scientist Michael Beck was awarded the chair to support his work on natural defenses to enhance coastal resilience to flooding, erosion, and sea level rise.
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UCSC professor awarded more than $1 million to research coastal resiliency

December 1, 2020
Santa Cruz Sentinel
AXA, a global insurance company, has awarded UC Santa Cruz marine science Research Professor Michael Beck more than $1 million in funding to further his lab’s research into how reefs and marshes combat sea-level rise and related natural disasters.
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Researchers put a dollar value on the protection coral reefs provide Hawaii shorelines ... and it’s big

May 4, 2019
Hawaii News Now
Having a nice beach with peaceful waves lapping at the shoreline is often taken for granted in Hawaii. But the reefs also protect the shoreline from larger waves and damage. “If you were standing in Waikiki and you just have little bitty waves lapping up at your feet, but then you look offshore and you can see ten-foot waves or more breaking offshore, well, that’s the reef at work for you,” said Michael Beck...
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Hawaii’s reefs provide more than $835M in flood protection, study shows

May 3, 2019
Star Advertiser
A new study places a dollar value on Hawaii’s reefs — not for their natural beauty or as a tourist attraction, but for their function in providing flood protection...
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