Lecture: “Nature-Based Ecohydraulic Technology: Seaweed Aqua Forest for Coastal Resilience as Adaptation for Climate Change-Induced Sea Level Variation”

Thursday, January 28, 2021, 4pm

Professor Holger Schüttrumpf from the Institute of Hydraulic Engineering and Water Resources Management and Professor Klaus Reicherter from the Department of Neotectonics and Natural Hazards are pleased to invite you to the online lecture:

"Nature-Based Ecohydraulic Technology: Seaweed Aqua Forest for Coastal Resilience as Adaptation for Climate Change-Induced Sea Level Variation" by Theodore von Kármán Fellow Professor Sulaiman Olanrewaju Oladokun.

Date January 28, 2021
Time 4pm
Speaker Professor Sulaiman Olanrewaju Oladokun


Meeting-ID: 944 2070 4600 – Code: 158871

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Water covers two third of the planet, seaweeds are unique marine organism that grow in the ocean, on the coast, in freshwater, making them candidate for next industrial crop to provide solutions to ecosystem, biodiversity and socioeconomic challenges inland.

In recent years, interest has surged in seaweed derived raw material with applications in nutrition, animal feed, medicine, energy, bioplastic, bio-textile, bio-solar, biobattery, cosmetic, health food supplements, pigments, fertilisers, bioenergy and many others use etc.

Growing seaweed provides solutions to sustainable development goals (SDGs) like poverty and food security (SDGs 1, 2), sustainable sources of biobased raw materials (SDGs 3, 12), improves economic growth of new industries (SDGs 8, 9) and ecosystem services through deforestation and climate change mitigation by sinking CO2 SDGs (13,15), water bioremediation by absorbing of excess nitrate, phosphate, and heavy metal (SDG 6).

Seaweed also has the ability to work with nature to dissipate and to reduce extreme hydrodynamic forces resulting from excess high-risk waves coming to the coast (SDG 14).

One fifth of the world population and critical infrastructures are close to the coast and region of sea level high-risk elevation. Last decades are characterized by increasing extreme events including storm surge, flooding, coastal erosion and enhanced coastal vulnerability with associated livelihood, biodiversity and nature system and economic losses.

According to IPCC recent report, climate change, especially sea level rise and ecological impacts on ecosystem, is expected to intensify severity of coastal inundation events and to rise the frequency. Hard engineering like seawall has been used to protect the prevent, protect and control water environmental forces with extended impact on land. Nature based engineering solution, growing vegetation is being adopted as sustainable solution to help make existing technology live their design life, provide climate change adaptation and resilience for coastal and riverine communities.

Nature-based technology is dynamic and require innovative and holistic approach to meet ecological and ecosystem need. This lecture focuses on the development of nature-based technology to cultivate seaweed aqua forest as nature-based solution to protect the coast for sustainable resilience, multidimension ecosystem restoration, bioremediation, climate change mitigation and provide source of clean biomaterial for the next generation biobased industries.

The lecture will also present hydraulic soft engineering approach using seaweed as nature-based solution for coastal risk mitigation, climate change adaptation, ecosystem restoration and blue bioeconomy development.