The multi-partner approach of this project, coupled with the novel engineering design and the benefits of both enhanced habitat creation (intertidal oyster reef) and ecosystem services (essential fisheries habitat, sediment control and the use of native vegetation plantings), make this demonstration project unique.
It is hoped that this type of technology will eventually be embraced by public and private sectors to provide enhanced value and a viable alternative to conventional hardened shoreline armoring.
This work is coupled in many ways with coastal conservation planning and human adaptation. The Georgia Coastal Ecosystems Long Term Ecological Research program (GCE-LTER) has provided a preliminary model of habitat shifts likely to occur within the Altamaha River basin with different inundation model increases.
Likewise, The Nature Conservancy (TNC) efforts at conservation planning in relation to SLR on Georgia’s coastline are also highlighted within the poster.