She added that natural barriers are just one strategy in a suite of defensive efforts that also include infrastructure and requirements to build farther back from the shore.
"We're not trying to say in this paper habitats are the end-all," Arkema said. "What we're trying to say is that they do provide a lot of power in terms of reducing risk of people and property. If they were to be lost, that would require either massive investments and hard infrastructure and engineering approaches, or damages and loss of life."
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