Underwater Forest

A hotspot for biodiversity

A group of dead trees, anchored underwater, functioning as hotspot for biodiversity. The Underwater Forest provides food and shelter for different underwater species that are suffering from a loss of habitats. Next to creating a boost for biodiversity the Underwater Forest is an informational eye-catcher which brings a world to the surface that’s normally hidden for the human eye.

Client: Initiated by Living Landscapes
Date: 2018 - ongoing
Project type: Landart installation
partners: Preliminary studies in collaboration with NLDelta. Product design in collaboration with Bruno Vermeersch. Digital Underwater forest in collaboration with Spark and Pursuit
supported by: Stimuleringsfonds Creatieve Industrie and NLDelta
Awards: winner of the NLDelta Challenge 2018

Digital Underwater forest

A web application that shows the expected effects of this dead wood-hotspots on underwater species. It gives insight in the rapidly changing delta landscape in the past and the future.

A boost for biodiversity

This tool made out of dead wood is designed to slow down currents in the water and provide a habitat for marine life and recreation at the same time.

The idea for an Underwater Forest consists out of a group of dead trees anchored in the water, which together form a new biotope for underwater life to flourish. The reef that arises forms a boost for marine habitat and can be used as diving destination at the same time. Flora and fauna can nestle on the bark of oak trees and fish can take a rest in the quieter circumstances of the caverns between the trees. When time is passing the Underwater forest will turn into a hotspot for biodiversity.

A beacon for the environment

Next to being a boost for biodiversity, the Underwater forest accelerates human exploration. It functions as diving hotspot, and will be adopted for monitoring the Haringvliet ecology after the event of gradually opening of the dam downstream. This makes it able for fish to migrate from the sea to the rivers once again.

By showing the monitoring material (video and images) at the shoreline, passers-by can also witness the beauties of the underwater life, a big part of the marine ecosystem which is usually not visible to the human eye.


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