Wave and Vegetation Interaction
Several projects have been implemented around the world which aim to mimic the services coral reefs bring to beaches. These generally use artificial structures, composed of geometric elements. The main goal of this work is to test scale model replicas of a natural coral reef and compare their performance as wave energy attenuator. The coral individuals were designed with a software to freely modify the shape and get a realistic pattern. The reef barrier was placed over a sandy beach constructed within the wave flume at UNAM, Mexico and good results in terms of coastal protection were found.