Climate Change and Adaptation

Coastal change and climate change adaptation is an increasing area of concern for coastal managers.

As technical specialists, ABPmer has considerable experience in modelling (numerical and conceptual) and mapping changing coastlines in response to different climate change scenarios.

This, coupled with our knowledge and experience of policy, planning and coastal management, means we are in a prime position to support coastal communities, landowners and local authorities in the sustainable management of their coastal zones.

Key Services:

  • Coastal erosion mapping and investigations
  • Climate change adaptation studies
  • Coastal response prediction
  • Long-term predictions of morphological change

Selected Project Experience:

Impacts of Climate Change on the Built Marine Environment - Marine Climate Change Impacts Partnership

ABPmer prepared the impacts of climate change on the built environment section of the Marine Climate Change Impacts Partnership annual report card (2010-2011). The aim of the report card is to provide a summary of the latest updates on how climate change is affecting the UK’s marine environment and included contributions from almost 100 scientists from 40 leading UK science organisations. ABPmer’s chapter was prepared in conjunction with Cefas and dealt with impacts on both coastal and offshore structures as a result of changes to the marine environment including waves, extreme weather patterns and rising sea levels.

Climate Change and ABP Ports - Associated British Ports

ABPmer was commissioned to undertake a strategic assessment of the effects of climate change on ABP ports’ infrastructure and operations. The report considered the risks and opportunities, and the implications of current and proposed government legislation.

Coastal Erosion and Climate Change Risk - British Energy

ABPmer was commissioned to evaluate the long-term geomorphology of the coast fronting British Energy sites to understand the potential threat posed by coastal erosion and climate change. Our investigations included the assessment of the potential future shoreline evolution over a period of 300years at the site and along the adjacent shoreline and the likely future extreme eaves and water levels.

Greater Thames Coastal Habitat Management Plan - Environment Agency

 ABPmer was commissioned by the Environment Agency to provide a unified framework for considering the effect of sea level rise and other drivers of change affecting the conservation status of the Natura 2000 sites and their component habitats within the Thames Estuary, together with those of the Medway-Swale. The final deliverable of the CHaMP was a fully interactive coastline-planning tool which feeds directly into the future strategic level flood and coastal erosion risk management.

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Chris Trainor

The Needles, Isle of Wight during storm event

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