Sea Level Rise and Vegetation
The analysis presented here focuses on the coastal zone of Puerto Morelos, on the Mexican Caribbean. The area is a Protected Marine Area and an Area of Mangroves with Biological Relevance. The aim of the paper is to apply a risk assessment methodology to evaluate the coastal protection services provided by coral reefs and mangroves for flood and erosion risk reduction from coastal hazards. The methodology incorporates an ecosystem health parameter, which varies with the conservation or degradation status of the ecosystem, and also the quantification of the affectation level of threats as a function of the species characteristics.