Breaking news, climate is changing indeed and not only temperatures are actually increasing, but recently on scientific news there was a story about hurricanes behaviour changes. Yes, hurricanes are getting sluggish, thus slower, which is not a good thing as they are lingering longer over certain areas. This, coupled with increasing storm frequencies are putting our coasts at very high risks. If we weren’t already thinking about solutions, well, I think we really should!
But how? Reinforcing coastlines can be expensive, and worse, it can be extremely invasive to add even more man made structures and cement our oceans.
Well, there might be a better solution available.
Nature based solutions harness the power of ecosystem ‘engineers’ , those species that by just being can change their surrounding environments. Oysters, mussels, saltmarsh plants, sea grasses, seaweeds, aquatic trees (like mangroves, willow) can all be considered engineers and can all provide some levels of coastal protection.
Of course, they also require certain conditions and may need to be used in combination, as each of them will have different requirements and would be able to withstand different levels of stressors.
Good news! Some large scale research will shortly take place in the Nederland using one of the largest flume existing in Europe - but the researchers need your help. Yes, because the project is still short of some fundings ( flume facilities are expensive....) so a crowfounding has started: you can find more and contribute here www.woodversuswaves.com
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