Forecasting Coastal Erosion

This is part of the next phase of DynamicCoast.com and will use the latest monitoring techniques to map and categorise the resilience of the Scottish coast and identify the links between erosion and flooding. The damage that climate change could cause to nearly one fifth of Scotland’s coastline and the steps that could be taken to mitigate it will be forecast in this new two year research project. The research is led by the Scottish Government and Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) and will carried out by a University of Glasgow teams from the Schools of Geography and Environmental Science and Education. It launches in January 2018 and is funded by CREW (Centre for Expertise in Water). It will focus on specific study sites including Montrose Bay, St Andrews and Skara Brae to forecast future change and erosional damage and also work with stakeholders like local authorities, Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA) and Historic Environment Scotland to develop plans to mitigate these effects. 

The CR&DALL contribution is led by Dr Ria Dunkley, who is working mainly working across two work packages. The first focuses on involving stakeholders and communities in workshops, ensuring the relevance of these plans to place-based communities and the second involves an exploration of the relative social vulnerability of communities to coastal erosion. This a further example of work that CR&DALL is undertaking in the field of place-based informal learning.

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