Tropical Cyclones Improve Productivity of Mangrove Forests: Research

Contemporary research literature available on the impact of cyclones on mangrove forest productivity indicates that nutrient fertilizations aided by tropical cyclones enhance the productivity of mangrove forests. These include enhanced organic carbon and nitrogen levels attributed to storm-induced nutrient reflexes and freshwater supply available during tropical cyclones.


Almost three percent of the world’s total mangrove reserves are in India and lie along the east and west coast and along with the Andaman & Nicobar Islands. They are subject to sea-level rise, frequent tropical cyclones, and other coastal developments. The study of these regions resulted in the long-term Gross Primary Productivity (GPP) trends which show a remarkable increase in the last two decades.