Why We Should Focus on Protecting the Future of Coastal Ecosystems

Landscapes are all around us. For years researchers have studied the way they develop and maintain themselves, but Dr. Ignacio Rodriguez-Iturbe wants to know how they interact with nature, specifically coastal ecosystems.

Landscapes are all around us. For years researchers have studied the way they develop and maintain themselves, but Dr. Ignacio Rodriguez-Iturbe wants to know how they interact with nature, specifically coastal ecosystems.

“These questions are extremely important because coastal ecosystems are first a deposit of [a] large biodiversity,” said Rodriguez-Iturbe, Distinguished University Professor and Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station Distinguished Research Professor in the Department of Ocean Engineering at Texas A&M University. “Second, they contribute to the stability of the shorelines and the areas around the shorelines. Third, they are our defense of the coastal regions against hurricanes and larger storms.”

When observing the landscape of a coastal ecosystem, one often finds many varieties of vegetation, sand dunes and features of different kinds. The ecosystem responds in a complex manner to geomorphologic drivers, eolian forces, wave dynamics and hydrologic variables changing much faster than others like the flat savannas found in the Brazos Valley.

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