3D Purpose Built Reefs for Marine Restoration (Coast3D Reefs)

3D Purpose Built Reefs for Marine Restoration (Coast3D Reefs)

3D Purpose Built Reefs for Marine Restoration (Coast3D Reefs) 610 406 Ocean Decade

Lead institution:

Coastruction – Netherlands

Coral reefs and mangroves are critical ecosystems for our planet providing home to a great variety of organisms and shoreline protection through wave-energy dissipation. Nevertheless, like all marine ecosystems, coral reefs and mangroves are under threat by climate change, pollution, and the effects of coastal urbanization.

Coastruction in collaboration with University of Miami, Van Oord and Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra is seeking to co-design, test and pilot a series of newly developed sustainable 3D-printing breakwater and living shoreline structures that will promote habitat creation for corals and mangroves, while providing protection for coastal communities. Pilots will allow the team to assess the performance of the proposed designs under real-world conditions with local paradigms serving also as the basis for the derivation of a framework on the development of green engineering solutions that will be shared with local stakeholders and the Ocean Decade network.

Start Date: 10/01/2024
End Date: 30/09/2030

Lead Contact: Nadia Fani (info@coastruction.com)

challenges: 5- Ocean-Climate Nexus
ocean_basins: Caribbean Sea, North Atlantic Ocean
type_of_action: Project

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