Land & Environment

Sustaining Wetlands to Mitigate Disasters and Protect People

Joanna Endter-Wada

Joanna Endter-Wada and Karin Kettenring contributed a guest editorial to the October edition of Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment on the value of wetlands to mitigate weather catastrophes.  

These Utah State University researchers from the S. J. and Jessie E. Quinney College of Natural Resources teamed with Ariana Sutton-Grier to catalogue societal costs from recent hurricanes and typhoons. They document that wetlands also recharge groundwater, decrease flooding risks and delay the onset of drought.  Recent destruction and degradation of wetlands dramatically increased costs to society at large.  

The authors promote innovation in policy to ensure that society fully benefits from the resilience that wetlands provide. They advocate for enhanced investment in wetland protection and creation to protect people from future disasters. 
 

Karin Kettenring

CONTACT

Joanna Endter-Wada
Environment and Society
S.J. and Jessie E. Quinney College of Natural Resources
435-797-2487
Joanna.endter-wada@usu.edu

Karin Kettenring
Watershed Sciences/Ecology Center
S.J. and Jessie E. Quinney College of Natural Resources
435-797-2546
Karin.kettenring@usu.edu



Post your Comment

We welcome your comments but your submission will NOT be published online. Your comment or question will be forwarded to the appropriate person. Thank you.

Post your Comment

Next Story in Land & Environment

See Also