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

Jun 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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Quantifying Flood Risk & Benefits from Nature-Based Solutions

May 18, 2022
InsuResilience Global Partnership

There is growing recognition of the role of Nature-based Solutions (NbS) in climate adaptation and disaster risk reduction, but despite mounting evidence of their technical efficacy, NbS face sizeable challenges and barriers to adoption, one of those being lack of clarity on how to quantify NbS benefits, leading to a failure to account for the true value of the generated benefits. This workshop organized by the InsuResilience Global Partnership contributes to a better understanding of the quantification of NbS in order to estimate the benefits of Nature-based Solutions and price them accordingly.

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Plenary Talk: Restoring and Enhancing Reef Communities

January 25, 2022
Healthy Oceans Forum

In this session of the Asian Development Bank Healthy Oceans Forum, Dr. Michael Beck sets the scene by providing an overview of the latest science, trends, and technologies for building coastal resilience to reduce risk to people, property and nature. He highlights the need to integrate nature-based solutions for coastal resilience, and the need for “green” rather than “grey” solutions.

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How insurance is protecting a coral reef from climate impacts in Mexico

November 5th, 2021
NPR Here & Now

Climate change is forcing the insurance industry to adapt and come up with new products. One experiment is testing out a policy to insure nature against extreme storms, specifically a coral reef in Mexico. Here & Now's Scott Tong learns more about the reef with Dr. Michael Beck.

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Rethinking How Disaster Money is Spent

April 11th, 2021
LA Times

Federal money to restore coastal areas hit by hurricanes and other disasters doesn’t cover the loss of natural assets like coral reefs. UC Santa Cruz marine scientist Michael Beck says it’s time to change that.

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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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Saving coastlines from climate disasters

April 11th, 2021
LA Times

Reefs and wetlands are critical to defending coastal cities from sea level rise, stronger waves and increased flooding. Give them an economic value.

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Value of US Reefs for Flood Risk Reduction

April 5, 2021
Coastal Resilience Lab

Coral reefs in the US prevent flooding to 53,833 people, economic damages by $5.3 billion, and additional flooding of 113 km2 (28,000 acres, 43.6mi2) of land for the 100-year storm. If 1m of reefs are lost, 100-year flooding zones increase by 23%, impacting 62% more people, 90% more property and increasing damages by $5.3 billion.

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Can Disasters Save Habitats? UCSC EEB Seminar

January 29th, 2021
UCSC Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Mike Beck, AXA Chair in Coastal Resilience at UC Santa Cruz presents on "Can Disasters Save Habitats: The Ecology, Engineering and Financing of Natural Coastal Defenses" for a Seminar with the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at UC Santa Cruz

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A Race Against Time to Rescue a Reef From Climate Change

December 5th, 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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AXA Chair at UC Santa Cruz funds efforts to build coastal resilience naturally

December 1st, 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 1st 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 1st, 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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Coastal Resilience Lab Approach

December 1st, 2020
Coastal Resilience Lab

The Coastal Resilience Lab works to reduce risks to people, property and nature; find out more at at https://coastalresilience.ucsc.edu.

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UCSC professor awarded more than $1 million to research coastal resiliency

December 1st, 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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Nature-Based Approaches to Urban Shoreline Protection

December 22, 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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Reducing Caribbean Risk with Mangroves

October 21st, 2020
Coastal Resilience Lab

This is a video abstract about a report by the UCSC Coastal Resilience Lab along with The Nature Conservancy and the global insurance firm AXA on Caribbean risk: Opportunities for cost effective Mangrove Restoration and Insurance.

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Assessing the Value of Natural and Nature-Based Features in Coastal Storm and Flood Risk Reduction

September 29th, 2020
Engineering With Nature Podcast

An ecologist by training, Dr. Michael W. Beck had been working on more traditional ecological solutions related to marine protected areas until Hurricane Katrina, when he saw that there was a real need for understanding how natural habitats provide coastal resilience. Now his work focuses on figuring out how investing in nature and nature-based solutions can reduce coastal risk and save lives and money.

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