@article{Previti_Alfredini_2023, author = {Previti, Leonardo Sanches and Alfredini, Paolo}, title = {Potential Use of Mangroves as Nature-Based Solutions to Improve Navigation Conditions in a Port in Southern Brazil}, journal = {TransNav, the International Journal on Marine Navigation and Safety of Sea Transportation}, volume = {17}, number = {3}, pages = {507-513}, year = {2023}, url = {./Article_Potential_Use_of_Mangroves_as_Nature-Based_Previti,67,1321.html}, abstract = {Mangroves and the associated shoal forest known as ‚Äėrestinga' are ecosystems of great ecological relevance that play a significant role in the protection of the coastline in tropical regions. In Brazil, the coastal region has been severely affected by urban expansion. The Paranagu√A Port, located in Paran√A State (Brazil), is the fourth most important Brazilian port in throughput, and is located in an estuarine region which features large mangrove forests. An historical assessment of its inner access channel dredging rates was made to assess the impacts that the expansion of the Port in the last 30 years may have caused to the ecosystem. In the following, the historical data concerning the dredged volume in the inner access channel was compared to the mangrove and the shoal forest associated variation, aiming to establish a potential correlation between vegetation and siltation in the inner access channel to show as the preservation or restoration of specific ecosystems has potential to Nature-Based Solutions.}, doi = {10.12716/1001.17.03.01}, issn = {2083-6473}, publisher = {Gdynia Maritime University, Faculty of Navigation}, keywords = {Navigation, Fluid Mud, Coastal Ecosystem, Mangroves, Wetlands, Port Engineering, Nature Based Solutions, Deforestation} }