Cities like Venice are a credit to the ingenuity of humanity. Recent flooding caused a state of emergency to be declared in the metro area, with a new high tide of five feet, creating an enormous crisis that could cost millions to repair.
The lagoon suffered its worst flood in 50 years in November 2019. Some historical sites in the city have only flooded six times, but four of those incidents have occurred in the past 20 years.
A prototype from the California College of the Arts that currently floats in San Francisco Bay could be one answer to the problem of rising sea levels. It creates the possibility of a floating city. Three years of testing will help to prove if this idea is possible.
Additional Benefits Could Come from This Technology
Linking floating structures offshore near coastal communities could offer more benefits than a place to build homes and businesses. This technology could also encourage local ecosystems to become healthier.
By creating large rifts and valleys underneath a floating building, scientists think that these structures could become artificial reefs.
This benefit includes coastline protections that could reduce or eliminate the threat of high tides like the ones impacting Venice.
Climate change is already impacting the planet’s oceans. As the water absorbs up to 95% of the excessive heat we generate, the result is acidification, coral bleaching, and habitat loss.
The ocean has even seen its currents shift because of these changes.
Development is still in its early stages, but ongoing testing could help us take a step forward in our battle to reverse the impacts of climate change.