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AECOM will be part of the University of Miami’s “Reefense” research team

AECOM, the globally trusted infrastructure consulting firm, announced that it has been selected by the University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine, Atmospheric, and Earth Science to be part of its Reefense research team. Reefense is a national program established by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) of the United States Department of Defense to develop comprehensive and sustainable solutions to mitigate coastal flooding, erosion and storm damage. AECOM is expected to provide overall project management, marine system expertise, coastal engineering, permits, technical economic assessment and advanced technology transfer.

“We are thrilled to partner with the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School on this groundbreaking initiative, which will have a profound impact on coastal defense by advancing the use of nature-based solutions for restoration. reefs and storm surge protection,” said Frank Sweet. , Managing Director of AECOM’s global Environment business. “Guided by our Lasting legacy strategy, our mission is to leave a positive and lasting impact on people and our planet – the Reefense program is an exciting example of the pioneering work we undertake with our customers to deliver a better world.

AECOM plans to work with researchers from the Rosenstiel School and other project partners to develop innovative hybrid biological and artificial reef solutions designed to accelerate the protection of vulnerable coastal regions in Florida and the Caribbean. The program’s goal is to create, test, and deploy coral reef-mimicking structures that provide immediate wave protection and are also self-building, self-healing, and resilient to climate change.

“As a goal-oriented organization, we are honored to collaborate with leading scientists from DARPA, the Rosenstiel School, and renowned institutions across the country to develop and implement new solutions. generation that will help build the resilience of our coastal communities,” said Dan Faust, General Manager of AECOM’s US East and Latin America Region. “Our local team of technical specialists look forward to providing interdisciplinary services for this vital program, drawing on first-rate expertise from our previous work with World Heritage Reef communities.”

The Rosenstiel School at the University of Miami received an initial grant of $7.5 million from DARPA for this work, with options up to $20.9 million. In addition to AECOM, the university’s research team includes experts from the University of California, Santa Cruz, Pennsylvania State University, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, from Texas A&M University, University of Florida, Florida International University, Florida Aquarium, SECORE International, Inc., and Smithsonian Marine Station.


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