The magic of mangroves: defending the defenders

Wednesday 20th Mar 2024, 9.30am

Mangroves are very unusual plants. Their specialised prop roots form arches above ground, anchoring mangroves to the salty soil of shorelines and providing stability during high tide flooding. But while mangroves may look unusual, they provide an important ecosystem service.

As natural coastal protectors, mangroves can slow down incoming waves and stabilise soil, reducing coastal erosion. But as the climate changes, how are mangroves responding to more frequent and intense storms?

Find out what historical storm data and satellite images can tell us about the health of mangroves around the world and how we might be able to protect this important habitat for lemon sharks, Bengal tigers and other wildlife.