Hurricane Sandy and the Value of Trade-Offs in Coastal Restoration and Protection

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This publication provides three case studies illustrating how coastal managers can use economic values of ecosystem services in making restoration and coastal protection decisions. It also provides guidelines on how to use existing information and data to make coastal management decisions. The topics covered include valuing salt marsh restoration; valuing shoreline armoring verses living shorelines; estimating the value of carbon sequestration properties of a marsh restoration project; and transferring ecosystem service values (such as the ones mentioned here) from one project site to another. The locations of the studies are Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge in New Jersey and Jamaica Bay in New York.