Jun 13, 2017

Synthetic reefs could offer a buffer to climate change

La Spezia, SP
Italy
by
Tim Collins
,
Mail Online
Experts have created a series of artificial reefs (pictured) in the Mediterranean Sea that they hope will help to protect the underwater environment from further destruction. After just one month in place there are already positive signs that the project is proving a success. Photo: Chiara Lombardi
Experts have created a series of artificial reefs (pictured) in the Mediterranean Sea that they hope will help to protect the underwater environment from further destruction. After just one month in place there are already positive signs that the project is proving a success. Photo: Chiara Lombardi

Putting plastic into the sea may seem a strange way to address climate change, but for one research team it could offer the chance to preserve marine life.

Experts have created a series of artificial reefs in the Mediterranean Sea that they hope will help to protect the underwater environment from further destruction.

Researchers hope that synthetic coralline algae reefs will offer protection against ocean acidification, as well as providing a framework for natural reefs to grow on.

They have only been in place for a month, but there are already positive signs that the project is working.