The Dynamic Coast research project continues in 2018, building on the earlier National Coastal Change Assessment.
The next phase will map and categorize the resilience of Scotland’s natural coastal defenses (identifying where low dunes may breach), it will estimate how future climate change may exacerbate erosion on a soft (erodible) coast.
It will also incorporate the latest monitoring techniques to inform natural resilience and vulnerability of the shoreline.
“At five ‘super sites’, including St Andrews, Montrose and Skara Brae we will forecast future change, anticipated damage and develop mitigation and adaptation plans with stakeholders,” according to the Dynamic Coast’s official project website.
“This will help demonstrate the applicability and need for adaptation actions across the public sector. Importantly, it will also consider the social justice implications of existing and climate change exacerbated coastal erosion in Scotland.”
Prof. Jim Hansom at the University of Glasgow will lead up an expanded team, working closely with the steering group and project partners.