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Shrinking Wetlands, Sinking Cities

Why Preserving and Restoring Wetlands Can Help Save Our Coastal Cities

As the Earth’s climate changes and sea waters rise, the world’s many coastal cities must get creative to stay afloat. Levees, floodwalls, and other man-made infrastructure are enormous cost burdens that continue to be overpowered by super storms and severe flooding. Planners and designers around the country are exploring methods to make coastal cities more resilient to these impending changes. One method for urban resilience that deserves more attention is the preservation and restoration of wetlands as a means to mitigate the effects of climate change. This paper aims to create an informative and comprehensive guide, and also to define the next steps and necessary research for wider adoption. Research methods that were used include literature review, in-depth review of two case studies, and interviews.

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