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

  title={How effective were mangroves as a defence against the recent tsunami?},
  author={F. Dahdouh-Guebas and L. P. Jayatissa and D. Nitto and J. Bosire and D. L. Seen and N. Koedam},
  journal={Current Biology},
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. 

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