Forecasting Coastal Erosion

Following the National Coastal Change Assessment, the Dynamic Coast research project continued in 2018. This phase mapped and categorised the resilience of Scotland’s natural coastal defences (i.e. identifying where low dunes may breach), it estimated how future climate change may exacerbate erosion on our soft (erodible) coast. It incorporated the latest monitoring techniques to inform natural resilience and vulnerability of our shoreline. At five ‘super sites’, including St Andrews, Montrose and Skara Brae we forecasted future change, anticipated damage and developed mitigation and adaptation plans with stakeholders. This helped demonstrate the applicability and need for adaptation actions across the public sector. Importantly also considered the social justice implications of existing and climate change exacerbated coastal erosion in Scotland.

PI & Co-Is

PI: Dr Jim Hansom (School of Geographical and Earth Sciences, University of Glasgow)

Co-Is:

Dr Ria Dunkley, (School of Education, University of Glasgow)

Dr Martin Hurst, (School of Geographical and Earth Sciences, University of Glasgow)

Dr Larissa Naylor, (School of Geographical and Earth Sciences, University of Glasgow)

Dr Richard Williams, (School of Geographical and Earth Sciences, University of Glasgow)

Kenneth Roberts, (School of Geographical and Earth Sciences, University of Glasgow)


Start and End Date

Nov 2017 – Nov 2019


Funder & Funding Amount

£237,774.70 (excl. VAT) (CREW)


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