Coastal Protection

Dune Dynamics Safeguard Ecosystem Services

22nd March 2018
Published under: Data Tools & Methodologies

This paper was originally published in Ocean & Coastal Management. Highlights: We quantified and monetized the value of the different stages in dune succession. Dynamic dunes may create up to ∼50% higher economic benefits then fixed dunes. The main benefits of dynamic dunes are recreation and coastal safety maintenance. Dunes should remain dynamic to safeguard their… [more]

What on Earth is the ‘Blue Economy’?

15th March 2018
Published under: Enabling Environment,Why Natural Capital?

This interview was originally published on Conservation International’s Human Nature Blog.  “What is the “blue economy”? At its simplest, “blue economy” refers to the range of economic uses of ocean and coastal resources — such as energy, shipping, fisheries, aquaculture, mining, and tourism. It also includes economic benefits that may not be marketed, such as carbon… [more]

New York State Unveils Guidance For Living Shorelines in Wake of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma & Maria

15th March 2018
Published under: Enabling Environment,Why Natural Capital?

This article was originally published on Ensia.  “…Some 14 percent — or 14,000 miles (23,000 kilometers) — of U.S. tidal shoreline is currently behind some form of shoreline armoring, put in place by both local and federal governments and private landowners. This number is projected to grow as sea levels rise and more severe storms give shoreline property… [more]

Historic Dutch Dike Financing A Model for Green Landscape Bonds, Expert Says

2nd March 2018
Published under: Why Natural Capital?

This article was originally published on Landscape News.  “The first green bond was issued in the Netherlands in 1648 to repair a dike, according to a financial expert. The historic bond, which still pays interest more than 350 years later, offers a viable template for issuing landscape bonds to finance “green” projects offering environmental benefits, said Gerhard… [more]

Natural Coastal Defences Offer More Than Protection From Extreme Weather Events; They Also Help Create Ecosystems

21st February 2018
Published under: Enabling Environment,Why Natural Capital?

This article was originally published on Phys.org “As sea levels rise and coastal communities face the threat of erosion and flooding, coastal defence structures, often built with concrete, have become the norm in many parts of the world. But these hard engineered structures, like seawalls, breakwaters and groynes, are both expensive and bad for the… [more]

Impacts of Mangrove Encroachment on Coastal Protection Services at the Kennedy Space Center

14th February 2018
Published under: Enabling Environment,Why Natural Capital?

This paper was originally published in Hydrobiologia. “Abstract: The ecosystem services afforded by coastal wetlands are threatened by climate change and other anthropogenic stressors. The Kennedy Space Center and Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge in east central Florida offer a representative site for investigating how changes to vegetation distribution interact with management to impact coastal protection. Here,… [more]