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Mitigating Climate Change with Mud? feat. Brett Milligan

From the UC Davis College of Ag and Environmental Sciences:

UC Davis Team Chosen as Part of Resilient by Design’s Bay Area Challenge

UC Davis faculty are part of a multidisciplinary design team chosen to develop solutions to strengthen the San Francisco’s Bay Area’s resilience to the impact of climate change, such as sea-level rise, severe storms and flooding. The contest, Resilient By Design’s Bay Area Challenge, attracted 51 international teams.

The contest, Resilient By Design’s Bay Area Challenge, attracted 51 international teams. The ten winners, which included the UC Davis team, Public Sediment, were announced last month. Additional winners include some high-powered urban designers, such as James Corner Field Operations, known for the High Line in New York City, and Bjarke Ingels Group, which, among other projects, is redesigning Google headquarters in Mountain View. Each team will receive $100,000 for research and $150,000 for the design. The ten teams will work with Bay Area residents and community leaders to come up with innovative designs that can help mitigate climate change.

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Brett Milligan

Brett Milligan, an assistant professor of landscape architecture and sustainable environmental design at UC Davis, describes Public Sediment’s approach as “building with mud.” He explains that less sediment is flowing into the Bay Area because of a variety of human interventions, like dammed rivers and levee-confined tributaries, which has led to a subsidence of the Bay Area’s tidal wetlands, making them vulnerable to sea-level rise. The team is looking at using sediment dredged from the Bay and also exploring ways to increase the sediment that flows in from local tributaries. ...

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