Living on the edge

“Living on the edge” is the start of a new project showing the houses and other structures around our coastline that could be casualty of coastal erosion

I came across an interesting fact while researching the coastal erosion of the coastline in the SW of England 

The two main consequences of climate change that have an impact on coastal erosion and coastal geomorphology are sea-level rise and changes to the wave climate (storminess and prevailing wave direction).

A large proportion of the UK coast is currently suffering from erosion (17% in the UK; 30% in England; 23% in Wales; 20% in Northern Ireland; 12% in Scotland).  Almost two-thirds of the intertidal profiles in England and Wales have steepened over the past hundred years, a process which is particularly prevalent on coasts protected by hard engineering structures (this represents 46% of England’s coastline; 28% of Wales; 20% of Northern Ireland and 7% Scotland). Both coastal erosion and steepening of intertidal profiles effects are expected to increase in the future due to the effects of climate change, especially sea-level rise and changes to the wave conditions. 

How is our coast being erode, well the most common factors are Waves, tides and storm surge damage which are getting more frequent as sea levels rise are and global meteorology climate changes.

Changes also occur with the involvement and Human impact of our landscape with major companies (mainly coastal engineering) looking for future prospects. I don’t want to get involved with the do’s and don’ts of how global companies make changes, this is only a part of the problem that face erosion.

But the impact that all these and other factors have on the environment contribute to the erosion of our coast.

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