Sea grass can stop coastal erosion

The sea devours large tracts of land when storms wash sand out to sea from the coast. A new study involving a researcher from the University of Gothenburg has shown that the root mats of seagrass can bind the sand, reducing cliff erosion by up to 70 per cent.

“We already know that their long canopies serve well as breakwaters, but now we can show that their root mats also bind together the sand dunes, effectively reinforcing them,” says Marine biologist Eduardo Infantes.

Link to press release: Seagrass crucial to stemming the tide of coastal erosion