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Hurricanes, Good for Mangrove Forests...In Moderation

Hurricanes, Good for Mangrove Forests...In Moderation

Along with coral reefs, fringing mangrove forests dramatically reduce wave energy, flooding, and strong winds associated with hurricanes. These storms can strip canopies, snap and uproot trees, and submerge smaller ones via high storm surge. While these initial impacts are clearly destructive, there is evidence that hurricanes also provide benefits to mangroves forests.

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