27 January 2021
SCOPAC (The Standing Conference on Problems Associated with the Coastline) is a network of bodies concerned with the management of the SE coast of England between Lyme Regis and Shoreham-by-Sea. It acts as an umbrella embracing local authorities and other environmental bodies with interests in coastal management.
This event will be headed by Dr Sam Cope who acts as Research Chair of SCOPAC, and Research Team Leader of the Eastern Solent Coastal Partners, the agency with responsibility for the coastal sector fringing East Hampshire and West Sussex. Drs Matthew Wadey and Ivan Haigh will present the results of recent studies which reveal the increased storminess attacking our local coasts, and their implications for the future.
Sea-level rise acceleration and climate change are already resulting in more damaging storms, flooding and coastal erosion. This is a major global problem with profound socio-political, economic and environmental consequences. The UK has a long coastline and history of management, with over 2.5 million properties and £150 billion of assets potentially exposed to coastal flooding. The severe 2013/14 storms may be of historic significance in terms of their intensity at the coast, but they offer a worrying insight into the future.
New research commissioned by SCOPAC suggests that a trend of increased storminess could be underway on the central south coast of England. This presentation places sea level change and winter storms into context with longer datasets across the English Channel. The results make a case for ongoing and enhanced investment into flood and coastal erosion risk management.
Dr. Samantha Cope (Havant Borough Council)
Dr. Matthew Wadey (Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council)
Dr. Ivan Haigh (National Oceanography Centre)
This event has been organised by the South regional committee
This event is recognised by the Society as being suitable professional development for Chartered Geographer and may also be suitable for other professional accreditations.
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