"Much of the world’s natural coastline is protected by living habitats, most
notably mangroves in warmer waters and tidal marshes closer to the poles. These
ecosystems support fisheries and wildlife, absorb the impact of crashing waves
and clean up pollutants. But these vital services are threatened by global
warming and rising sea levels.
Recent research has shown wetlands can respond to sea level rise by building up
their root systems, pulling carbon dioxide from the atmosphere in the process.
Growing recognition of the potential for this “blue” carbon sequestration is
driving mangrove and tidal marsh restoration projects.
While the resilience of these ecosystems is impressive, it is not without
limits. Defining the upper limits to mangrove and marsh resilience under
accelerating sea level rise is a topic of great interest and considerable
Our new research, published today in the journal Nature
, analyses the
vulnerability and exposure of mangroves, marshes and coral islands to sea level
rise. The results underscore the critical importance of keeping global warming
within 2 degrees of the pre-industrial baseline."
*** Xanni ***
Chief Scientist, Xanadu
Partner, Glass Wings
Manager, Serious Cybernetics