Data from: Low-canopy seagrass beds still provide important coastal protection services

Marjolijn J. A. Christianen, Marieke M. Van Katwijk, Peter J. M. Van Leent, Jim Van Belzen, Peter M. J. Herman, Tjeerd J. Bouma & Leon P. M. Lamers
One of the most frequently quoted ecosystem services of seagrass meadows is their value for coastal protection. Many studies emphasize the role of above-ground shoots in attenuating waves, enhancing sedimentation and preventing erosion. This raises the question if short-leaved, low density (grazed) seagrass meadows with most of their biomass in belowground tissues can also stabilize sediments. We examined this by combining manipulative field experiments and wave measurements along a typical tropical reef flat where green...
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