We have completed the starting stage of the research project by identifying what ‘variables’ we can feed into a computer program to design a custom-made reef or seawall. We have separated the design variables into three categories: Macro (orientation of reef / seawall to sun; wave impact / tidal zone / etc.) Meso (defining inhabitants in each zone and their demands) & Micro (on a material level ie. mixing in oyster shells or paper partials into the material).
We are looking for two PhD students to contribute to the Green Engineering Working Group of the World Harbour Project. Our purpose is to develop ecologically sustainable solutions for urbanized coastlines, using the concepts of green design. The working group includes 25 partners globally, with scope for the PhD students to work across sites.
The development of artificial structures in urban harbours (sheltered bays and estuaries) can have widespread ecological consequences by enhancing the distribution and spread of non-indigenous species