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Research Platform founded on artificial reefs
Research Platform founded on artificial reefs

Estudio y Análisis de la Bahía de Concepción
Estudio y Análisis de la Bahía de Concepción

Among the artificial reefs under the Research Platform.
Among the artificial reefs under the Research Platform.

Axonometría Plataforma de Investigación, emplazamiento y zonificación
Axonometría Plataforma de Investigación, emplazamiento y zonificación

Estaciones Flotantes de Monitoreo, planta y ubicación en la bahía
Estaciones Flotantes de Monitoreo, planta y ubicación en la bahía

Among the artificial reefs under the Research Platform.
Among the artificial reefs under the Research Platform.

Reef pool on the Research Platform.
Reef pool on the Research Platform.

Research Platform at night, a lighthouse for the bay
Research Platform at night, a lighthouse for the bay




ÍNDICE DE PROYECTOS
 
MARINE PLATFORM OF ARTIFICIAL REEFS
Universidad San Sebástian sede Concepcion
ARCHITECTURE

Research and management of benthic resources at the Bay of Concepción
One of the main seaports in Chile is located at the Bay of Concepción, with 3 industrial ports and a Navy base. Pollution related to the seaport and industrial activities that take place in the bay have caused an excessive increase of seabed sediments, directly affecting its biodiversity. As a consequence, there is a loss of the benthic marine ecosystem, decreasing the sea’s oxygen levels.

The project seeks to make a change in the marine ecosystem thanks to a system of artificial reefs placed in the intertidal coast along the Bay of Concepción. These structures generate the opportunity to recover biodiversity by intervening from the seabed to the surface, allowing the extension of natural reefs and, together with it, the proliferation of organisms by giving them a support for their habitat. These artificial reefs incorporate modules for growing different organisms of the benthos, mainly algae and mollusks (organisms that are fed through water filtration) which require a hard substrate to fix on (a porous, resistant and dense material).

The project is a system composed of a research platform and five marine stations whose objective is to monitor, protect and reactivate the waters destined to the Bentonic Resource Management and Exploitation Areas. These are constructed from a spatial steel frame that responds to the following characteristics: substrate (material), depth (light and background), currents (filtration and proliferation), generating a path for organisms and divers in an environment suitable and manipulable for cultivation, as well as protected areas for on-site rehabilitation work that participates into the program: research, marine resource management, pollution monitoring and marine rehabilitation.