Living Artificial Reef
We talk with researchers working on the Reefense R3D Project to develop a hybrid living and artificial reef—that dissipates wave energy and protects the shoreline, while also providing habitat for corals, fishes, and other marine life. We head to the Hawai’i Institute of Marine Biology to learn about the research and check out innovative technologies—from selective breeding of resilient corals to underwater hydrophones that attract marine life to the reef.
We talk with R3D project director, Ben Jones, from the University of Hawai’i Applied Research Lab; Kira Hughes, Rob Toonen, Crawford Drury, and Joshua Madin from the Hawaiʻi Institute of Marine Biology; and Aaron Thode and Daniel Wangpraseurt from the University of California, San Diego.
Watch related episodes: North Shore Coastal Erosion, Planning for Solutions, Human Assisted Corals, HIMB Technology, Coastal Erosion on Maui, Saving Hawaiʻi’s Beaches, Open House of the Sea (reef sounds @ 18 min), Fish Ears and Algae
- Grades 6-12: Wave-Coast Interactions
- Grades 6-12: Cnidaria
- Grades 6-12: Underwater Sound Communication and Echolocation
- Grade 4: Sound and Information Processing
- Ocean Conservancy: Coral Fact Sheet
- NOAA: What is coral bleaching?
- NOAA: What is nutrient polluted?
- Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)
- University of Hawaiʻi Applied Research Laboratory (ARL)
- University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology
- University of California, San Diego
- R3D site: Fort Hase
- Koʻolaupoko Hawaiian Civic Club
- Reefense R3D in the News
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Kanesa Seraphin, Ph.D.