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Artificial Reef Designed by MIT Engineers Could Protect Marine Life, Reduce Storm Damage

Researchers at MIT have designed a new type of artificial reef to protect coastlines from erosion and flooding. These architected reefs are made from sustainable cement molded into a specific pattern that creates pockets for fish and other marine life. The reefs are designed to be modular and easy to fabricate on location.
The new design uses less material than existing artificial reefs and is more efficient at dissipating wave energy. In tests, a lab-scale version of the reef reduced wave height by more than 95%. The researchers believe that the architected reefs could be an effective way to protect coastal communities from the effects of climate change.
The team is currently working on fabricating larger, cement voxel versions of the reef that can be tested under real-world conditions. They hope to partner with beach towns in Massachusetts to pilot test the structures. While the reefs are not cheap to build, the researchers believe that they could prevent billions of dollars in storm damage.

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    • Jane Wangui

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      Who would have thought that a single artificial reef could reduce the amount of erosion and also flooding...this is great innovation.

      • Rukia Ahmed Abdi

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        What an incredible innovation!This artificial reef will help in marine ecosystem protection!

        • Elizabeth Gathigia

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          A great research indeed

          • Munene Mugambi

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            Ow wow! This is amazing. With such technology in place along all our coastlines, we can surely avoid a lot of erosion that has been taking place in the past and help the marine life thrive by providing proper breeding grounds. This artificial reef is a game changer

            • Gorffly mokua

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              Great! This artificial reef has the potential to serve as an effective barrier against erosion and flooding while enhancing marine ecosystems.👏👏💚

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