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Hurricane protection

2010-03-19

A new eco-friendly way to prevent hurricane damage
With hurricane season now in full swing, Queen’s Civil Engineering professor Kevin Hall is doing his part to protect Florida residents from future storms by designing and creating a $10-million man-made island.
The island is designed to protect the marina and coastline in Fort Pierce, a city on the east coast of Florida, by deflecting large waves during a storm and dissipating their height by the time they reach shore.
“There is huge potential for this approach,” says Hall. “Not only does the island provide protection against storms, but it provides an amenity for the citizens of Fort Pierce,”
Hall, along with his team at the coastal engineering laboratory, built a prototype of the island and tested it over a two-month period last February. The full-scale version is expected to be built in Florida this fall.
To arrange an interview with Kevin Hall, contact Communications Assistants Alissa Clark, 613.533.6000 ext. 77513, alissa.deley@queensu.ca or Molly Kehoe, 613.533.2877, molly.kehoe@queensu.ca, Queen’s News and Media Services.

 
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