AI futuristic images show Blackpool coastline could have '3D coral reefs' by 2074

From Northumberland’s iconic coastline to the view of Brighton pier, the UK has its fair share of stunning coastal scenery.

But the famous shore in Blackpool could look very different in the decades to come; particularly if ocean temperatures continue to rise at their current rates. A study by Ocean Science & Technology has now revealed AI-generated imagery of Blackpool with big changes potentially afoot.

The images were populated as part of an investigation into Coral Reef restoration projects, and the potential damage if ocean temperatures continue to rise at their current rate, estimated at 0.2C every five years. Technology is helping to rebuild and replant coral reefs, and there is a distinct possibility that the UK could be a more suitable breeding ground for them in decades to come if current trends around Australia continue.


A variety of technology is being used to suggest that coral reefs coming to lesser-predictable shores isn’t a far gone conclusion. 3D printing is taking place in Melbourne, helping coral reefs to grow new colonies through printing techniques.

Meanwhile, in Queensland, researchers have created RangerBots that can identify reef health by creating 3D maps. They can be used to and track changes to ecosystems, enabling scientists to be quicker to react than ever before.

Here’s some other famous UK coastlines which could be impacted by this soon:

Seven Sisters

St Ives