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How effective were mangroves as a defence against the recent tsunami?

Dahdouh-Guebas F., Jayatissa L.P., Di Nitto D., Bosire J.O., Lo Seen D., Koedam N.. 2005. Current Biology, 15 (12) : p. 443-447.

DOI: 10.1016/j.cub.2005.06.008

Whether or not mangroves function as buffers against tsunamis is the subject of in-depth research, the importance of which has been neglected or underestimated before the recent killer tsunami struck. Our preliminary post-tsunami surveys of Sri Lankan mangrove sites with different degrees of degradation indicate that human activity exacerbated the damage inflicted on the coastal zone by the tsunami.

Mots-clés : mangrove; forêt tropicale; protection de l'environnement; lagune littorale; dégradation de l'environnement; population humaine; impact sur l'environnement; rhizophora; gestion des ressources; Écosystème; tsunami; asie; océan indien; sri lanka

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