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Growing IslandsOngoing

As sea levels rise and waves erode beaches, we can choose to fight against nature – or work with it.

The Self-Assembly Lab at MIT is working with Invena, an organization in the low-lying island nation of the Maldives, on a model for climate change response aimed at protecting the world’s coasts and coastal populations.

In this installation, watch as waves gather sand into patterns, and envision a system of underwater structures harnessing wave power to accumulate sand in strategic places. This natural solution, already deployed in the Maldives, has the potential to rebuild coastlines – and even grow islands.