New Research Reveals How Hurricanes Shape Coastal Landscape in Everglades

March 2, 2020

From LSU Department of Oceanography and Coastal Sciences: "That hurricanes can create sudden and dramatic changes to the landscape is obvious to anyone who lives along the Gulf of Mexico’s coast. They are powerful, high-energy destructive forces that can flood homes and fell trees, and can leave a lasting impression on all those affected by them; however, less discussed are the modifications they make to unpopulated regions, such as Florida’s Everglades National Park. In a recent paper published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, or PNAS, researchers from different universities, including LSU, examined how Hurricanes Wilma (2015) and Irma (2017) fertilized the Florida Coastal Everglades, paradoxically facilitating mangrove wetlands recovery."

Victor Rivera-Monroy, associate professor in LSU’s Department of Oceanography & Coastal Sciences and SC-CSC PI, published "Hurricanes fertilize mangrove forests in the Gulf of Mexico (Florida Everglades, USA)" on 14 Jan. 2020.

Full text via PNAS