The Risk Reduction Benefits of the Mesoamerican Reef in Mexico

  title={The Risk Reduction Benefits of the Mesoamerican Reef in Mexico},
  author={Borja G. Reguero and Fernando Secaira and Alexandra Toimil and Mireille Escudero and Pedro D{\'i}az-Simal and Michael W. Beck and Rodolfo Silva and Curt D. Storlazzi and Inigo J. Losada},
  journal={Frontiers in Earth Science},
Coastal development and climate change are dramatically increasing the risks of flooding, erosion, and extreme weather events. Coral reefs and other coastal ecosystems act as natural defenses against coastal hazards, but their degradation increases risk to people and property. Environmental degradation, however, has rarely been quantified as a driver of coastal risk. In Quintana Roo, Mexico, a region on the Mexican Caribbean coast with an annual tourism economy of 10 billion USD, coral reefs… 
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