Climate change study launched

float lab The Float Lab acts as a reef to reduce shoreline erosion caused by waves. Image: Port of Oakland
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A climate change study which aims to reduce shoreline erosion caused by waves has been launched at a US port.

The new Float Lab at the Port of Oakland’s Middle Harbor Shoreline Park acts as a reef to reduce shoreline erosion caused by waves. It attracts sub-surface marine animals such as mussels and crustaceans. Staff at California College of the Arts (CCA) will learn how buoyant structures perform in a marine environment and biologists will study the sub-surface environment of the lab.

“Float Lab is a collaboration between academic and community stakeholders to help us better prepare for the Port’s climate future,” said Port of Oakland director of environmental programmes and planning, Richard Sinkoff. “At the same time, students, through a partnership with local schools, will learn about the importance of marine communities and biodiversity.”

The regulatory community, including the Bay Conservation and Development Commission, will have an opportunity to find out how pilot structures, designed to study and combat sea-level rise, fit into the regulatory framework.

This month, the port also holds its annual CA Coastal Cleanup, which brings hundreds of community volunteers to the waterfront to remove rubbish and learn about the port’s storm water programme.

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