Atlantic Area. France.
Title: “NEOCORA: Naturally Evolving Organisms of artificial CORAL-steel reefs for littoral enhanced biodiversity”
Description of the Project: Harbour steel structures immersed in seawater (sheet piles, stakes…) are colonized by micro and macro organisms developing particular marine ecosystems including corrosion products. Cathodic protection used to prevent metallic structures from corrosion induces the formation of calcareous deposits at the metallic interface. This phenomenon is due to a pH increase that may affect micro and macro organism colonization. This deposit obtained by seawater electrolysis results in artificial concretes between sediments (shells, stones, sand) in order to restore and reinforce coasts and dykes, and makes new habitats for marine organisms: NeoCoral. In this project we target:
- NeoCoral’s environmental Impact: influence on organism’s biodiversity/behaviour/growth in the neighbourhood or attached to NeoCoral as well as of pelagic organisms (micro-organisms, algae, shellfishes, fishes…).
CRISMAT - UMRCNRS6508 » France
University of Caen - ABTE » France
University of La Rochelle - LIENS » France
- Organization types sought: