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

November 5th, 2021

NPR Here & Now

By Scott Tong

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

By Michael W. Beck

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

By Mindy Pennybacker

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 more than $5.3 billion in potential flood damage for U.S. property owners

April 15, 2021

UC Santa Cruz

By Tim Stephens

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

By Michael W. Beck

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

By Jessica Kendall-Bar

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

By Michael W. Beck

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

By Catrin Einhorn and Christopher Flavelle

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

By Tim Stephens

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

Hannah Hagemann

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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Coastal Resilience Lab Approach

December 1st, 2020

Coastal Resilience Lab

By Jessica Kendall-Bar

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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New AXA Chair at UC Santa Cruz to Build Coastal Resilience Naturally

December 1st, 2020

AXA Research Fund

By Tim Stephens

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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Nature-Based Approaches to Urban Shoreline Protection

December 22, 2020

Biohabitats

By Amy Nelson

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

December 1st, 2020

Santa Cruz Sentinel

Hannah Hagemann

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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Reducing Caribbean Risk with Mangroves

October 21st, 2020

Coastal Resilience Lab

By Sarah and Michael Beck

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

By US Army Corps of Engineers

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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How Our Reefs Protect Us: Valuing the Benefits of U.S. Reefs

July 20th, 2020

US Geological Survey

By Jessica Kendall-Bar & Michael W. Beck

This video illustrates how scientists quantify coastal flood protections afforded by coral reefs, a main focus of an ongoing, collaborative effort between scientists at USGS and the Coastal Resilience Lab at UCSC. To learn more about this collaboration, please visit: https://www.usgs.gov/media/videos/how-our-reefs-protect-us-valuing-benefits-us-reefs

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Understanding the Protective Value of Nature

July 15th, 2020

National Wildlife Federation

By Borja Reguero, Mike Beck & Curt Storlazzi

A Discussion of the Science Behind the Effectiveness of Natural Infrastructure for Hazard Risk Reduction. Zoom webinar hosted by the National Wildlife Federation.

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Can mangrove conservation pay for itself in flood protection?

April 3rd, 2020

Carbon Removal Newsroom

By Nori

Dr. Michael W. Beck, professor at the University of California Santa Cruz, coauthored a new paper in Scientific Reports entitled, "The Global Flood Protection Benefits of Mangroves". Today we dig into how mangroves work against flooding, their carbon sequestration potential, how to quantify their financial benefit, and how that helps make them legible to financial systems.

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Protecting mangroves can prevent billions of dollars in global flooding damage every year

March 10th, 2020

The Conversation

By Michael W. Beck & Pelayo Menendez

Hurricanes and tropical storms are estimated to cost the U.S. economy more than US$50 billion yearly in damage from winds and flooding. And as these storms travel across the Atlantic, they also ravage many Caribbean nations...

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