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Parametric Study of Belowground Biomass on Short-term Dune Evolution

Dunes have, and continue to be, natural or engineered features which prevent or delay flooding of inland areas by waves and storm surge. Currently, morphological models do not consider the effect of vegetation when estimating short-term dune response to erosional events. A previous study showed that aboveground and belowground plant structure significantly reduced the erosion of coastal dunes under both collision (scarping) and overtopping regimes.