Coral Reefs – Nanotechnology

Coral Reefs 4 – NanotechnologyAmbience: Underwater sounds, Great Barrier Reef We’re listening to the sounds of a coral reef. I’m Jim Metzner and this is the Pulse of the Planet. Around the world, reefs have been dying out, due to rising sea temperatures and other causes. But now scientists ..Trotz: are working on restoring reefs by replanting them with live coral from other places that are close by where there still are live coral. The intention being that once you can start to grow coral again on the reefs, as they grow, they will spawn and re-seed the reef areas. Maya Trotz is a professor of civil & environmental engineering at University of South Florida. She says that nanotechnology will likely play a role in reef restorationTrotz: There are some initiatives looking at how do you create artificial reefs and make sure that the material used and the design can also help to spur coral reef growth.I would advise that the best thing would be to have engineers and scientists who work on nanotechnology really spend time in the field and partner with coral reef restoration practitioners, because questions will emerge: How does a coral form? That process produces nanoparticles in the natural environment. So being able to study and understand that process could potentially inspire those who work on nanotechnology to design materials that could mimic or replicate what a coral in the sea might look like. We’ll hear more on coral reef restoration in future programs. Pulse of the Planet is made possible in part by the Center for Earth and Environmental Nanotechnology and the National Science Foundation. I’m Jim Metzner.

Coral Reefs - Nanotechnology

How to construct an artificial reef?
Air Date:03/09/2021
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Coral Reefs 4 - NanotechnologyAmbience: Underwater sounds, Great Barrier Reef We're listening to the sounds of a coral reef. I'm Jim Metzner and this is the Pulse of the Planet. Around the world, reefs have been dying out, due to rising sea temperatures and other causes. But now scientists ..Trotz: are working on restoring reefs by replanting them with live coral from other places that are close by where there still are live coral. The intention being that once you can start to grow coral again on the reefs, as they grow, they will spawn and re-seed the reef areas. Maya Trotz is a professor of civil & environmental engineering at University of South Florida. She says that nanotechnology will likely play a role in reef restorationTrotz: There are some initiatives looking at how do you create artificial reefs and make sure that the material used and the design can also help to spur coral reef growth.I would advise that the best thing would be to have engineers and scientists who work on nanotechnology really spend time in the field and partner with coral reef restoration practitioners, because questions will emerge: How does a coral form? That process produces nanoparticles in the natural environment. So being able to study and understand that process could potentially inspire those who work on nanotechnology to design materials that could mimic or replicate what a coral in the sea might look like. We'll hear more on coral reef restoration in future programs. Pulse of the Planet is made possible in part by the Center for Earth and Environmental Nanotechnology and the National Science Foundation. I'm Jim Metzner.