Main Deliverables of this Project
Design a strategy to restore coral reefs by using techniques like micro-fragmenting and 3D printing corals.
In nature, corals are formed when tiny organisms called coral polyps secrete a skeleton of calcium carbonate (limestone). Corals and reefs are made up of thousands of polyps.
Figure 1 - Coral Polyps
These polyps are living creatures that grow and die. When they die, they secrete a layer of calcium carbonate. The cycle repeats and over time, more layers of calcium carbonate are generated giving shape to the similar corals around them. Coral colonies can exist for very long time.
Figure 2 - Coral Reef
Climate changes, pollution, and overfishing have been raising sea water temperatures causing coral bleaching all around the world. In the last 30 years, over 50% of coral reefs have died. Very few pristine coral reefs exist today. If necessary action is not taken, over 90% of the world's coral reefs may die in the next 30 years.
Why this is Important
Corals reefs are called "rainforests of the oceans".
Corals reefs play an important role in biological productivity, including increasing population of fish and invertebrates. These reefs act as escape routes or hiding spaces for the smaller marine life from their predators. They attract marine life by offering a habitat for them to grow.
Coral reefs protect shorelines from storms and sand erosion. They are also a source of food and medicines and are instrumental in supporting millions of people around the world who depend on fishing and recreation businesses like diving and snorkeling.
What this project needs to move forward
A team of highly talented, skilled and motivated people who can hit the ground running. We need these skills to move this project forward:
- Marine Biology Majors - Contributors with a sharp sense to study and preserve marine biology and eco-system. This is an exciting opportunity to get to know how coral reefs are the rainforests of the sea. You will also get a sneak peek about the Saya de Malha expedition.
- Architect/Structural Engineer - Contributors who are highly skilled in structural design. Ideally, this person must be able to plan and collaborate with the team to build strong living spaces for polyps and other marine life to escape or hide from predators or create a living space for themselves.
Highlights of working on this project
- Collaborate with talented people from different domains and areas of study and expertise
- Build a strong team with people from diverse cultures and backgrounds
- Learn project management, project reporting, delivery cycles
- Work in a highly energized environment that focuses on high quality product development
- Discover, learn, innovate, and invent new ways for preserving and growing marine life
- Have fun in a super charged team of professionals students, collaborators, sponsors
- Remuneration - This is not a sponsored project. You will get credits, honorable mentions and a Certificate of Contribution from Ocean Builders.
- Learning - This project offers you opportunities to learn about this concept/topic/technology. You will get to collaborate and work with industry experts and professionals who will share their experiences and guide you along with their best practices.
- Culture - Work with people from different backgrounds, cultures, nationalities and get exposure to working on cross-functional and virtual teams.
- Get Your Hands Dirty - Roll up your sleeves and get practical on this project. Experience the joy of designing or building a machine/system/device that will be used by millions of people worldwide. If you are not co-located, video conference with your team and collaborate.
- Build and Grow your Professional Network - Collaborate on this project, make friends, and grow your professional network.
- Top Talent - Work with talented people and find new recruits for your business as you see this project take shape.
- Goodwill - Get positive goodwill for your brand as a sponsor who is building something innovating and contributing to the future.
- Personal and Business Use - Use this system and technology for your home/boat/ship/company/organization
Branding - Brand it with your organization identity.
- Monetize - Invest in his project and take it to market with your brand identity
- Get involved in the design phase and share your thoughts on how you would use this product or technology in your daily lives.
- Give feedback at regular intervals and development stages to help this team to design and build a user-friendly system or technology.
- Work with people from different countries, cultures, backgrounds and experiences. It's fun!
Get Recognition - Participate as an academician/student and contribute to research papers, college projects and participate in local, state, national, and international academic or technical conferences. Present papers on the innovations and advancements that have been made.