Articles | Volume 23, issue 9
https://doi.org/10.5194/nhess-23-3169-2023
https://doi.org/10.5194/nhess-23-3169-2023
Research article
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28 Sep 2023
Research article |  | 28 Sep 2023

Mangrove ecosystem properties regulate high water levels in a river delta

Ignace Pelckmans, Jean-Philippe Belliard, Luis E. Dominguez-Granda, Cornelis Slobbe, Stijn Temmerman, and Olivier Gourgue

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Mangroves are increasingly recognized as a coastal protection against extreme sea levels. Their effectiveness in doing so, however, is still poorly understood, as mangroves are typically located in tropical countries where data on mangrove vegetation and topography properties are often scarce. Through a modelling study, we identified the degree of channelization and the mangrove forest floor topography as the key properties for regulating high water levels in a tropical delta.
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