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Coastal flooding could save atoll islands from rising seas – but only if their reefs remain healthy

big sea/Shutterstock Gerd Masselink, University of Plymouth and Paul Simon Kench, Simon Fraser University Communities living on coral atoll islands, which rarely rise more than four metres above the surface of the sea, face a strange paradox. On the one hand, these islands are among the most sensitive to the effects of climate change, with sea-level rise and potentially increasing …

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