Growing Islands – Rebuilding Coastlines through Wave Energy

Skylar Tibbits and Walt Zesk present a novel approach to addressing the mounting threat of climate change-induced coastal erosion.

What if we could harness the power of the ocean to grow islands, rebuild beaches and protect coastal communities from sea level rise?

MIT’s Self Assembly Lab and Invena, an organization based out of the Maldives, are working together to create a system of underwater structures that use wave energy to promote sand accumulation in strategic locations. Over time, the goal is that the self-organization of sand will grow into new islands or help rebuild coastlines, creating an adaptable solution to protect coastal communities from rising sea levels.

Capacity is limited, be sure to reserve your free tickets below

Oct 6, 2022
05:00 PM
- 06:00 PM
MIT Museum: The Lee Family Exchange
MIT Museum, Gambrill Center, 314 Main St, Cambridge, MA 02142
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