Coastal Structures

Next Generation of Coastal Structures: Incorporating Ecology, Engineering, Economics, and Aesthetic for a Changing Ocean


Coastal structures such as bridges, breakwaters, seawalls, and causeways will be critical in mitigating the effects of climate change. Little consideration, however, has been given to how these structures affect the coastal ecosystems, and how their aesthetic value might affect the community around them (e.g., decreasing property value). Combining the disciplines of Biology, Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering, Sculpture, Architecture, Economics, and Marine Ecosystems and Society, the U-LINK ‘Next Gen Coastal Structures’ team aims to innovate the next generation of coastal design, which will be sustainable, multi-functional and provide aesthetic value in the context of regional cultural significance. The team notes that results from the project “can have lasting impacts in terms of future coastal development” and will “contribute to this process by establishing concepts and guidelines that result in effective coastal protection while…accounting for important dynamics of the highly complex coastal environment.”


Prannoy Suraneni, Civil Architectural and Environmental Engineering; Esber Andiroglu, Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering; Kathleen Sealey, Biology; Billie Lynn, Sculpture; Joel Lamere, Architecture; David Kelly, Economics; Renato Molina, Marine Ecosystems and Society; James Sobczak, STEM librarian for Learning and Research Services