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Wetlands, Crops Can Mitigate Storm Damage to Coastal Cities


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Wetlands off Baton Rouge, LA.

Researchers at the University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) and Western Kentucky University developed a computer model that shows demonstrated how cities can be spared some wind destruction from intensifying hurricanes or tropical storm systems if they have functional wetland ecosystems and agricultural croplands in the area.

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Researchers at the University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) and Western Kentucky University have developed a computer model that shows that coastal cities can avoid some wind destruction from major weather events if they have functional wetland ecosystems and agricultural croplands in the area.

The team used the model with a simulation of a flooding storm over Baton Rouge, LA, as a control and then modified the type of land the storm passed over to assess the effect.

Said UAH's Udaysankar Nair, "If we do more of these kinds of studies, then we can potentially be able to say something about how the patterns of land use change and land management affect landfall in hurricanes."

From University of Alabama in Huntsville
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