Mangrove forests protect coastlines. ‘Synthetic mangroves’ could do the same for cities.
Photograph: © SAF – Coastal Care
To better understand exactly how mangroves can grow in the ocean yet pump freshwater up to their leaves, engineers constructed what they’re dubbing “synthetic mangroves.”
The idea for using their wannabe trees: incorporating them into the design of cities to make buildings more resilient in the face of storm surges…