Technical Comments

Comment on "Wetland Sedimentation from Hurricanes Katrina and Rita"

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Science  13 Apr 2007:
Vol. 316, Issue 5822, pp. 201
DOI: 10.1126/science.1136780


Turner et al. (Reports, 20 October 2006, p. 449) measured sedimentation from Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in coastal Louisiana and inferred that storm deposition overwhelms direct Mississippi River sediment input. However, their annualized hurricane deposition rate is overestimated, whereas riverine deposition is underestimated by at least an order of magnitude. Their numbers do not provide a credible basis for decisions about coastal restoration.

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