Summer 2013 Newsletter


Welcome to the first twice yearly newsletter for the iCOASST project. These newsletters will:

Posted 20/09/2013 14:19

iCOASST Stakeholder Workshop, Liverpool Bay—4th July 2013

Following the fieldtrip around the Sefton Coast with a selection of stakeholders from the regions, a stakeholder meeting was held in Crosby on 4th July focussing on the Liverpool Bay case study. Key Stakeholders, suggested by Sefton Council, attended included representatives from the Environment Agency, Sefton Council, NW Coastal Forum, Natural Resources Wales, Peel Ports and Natural England.

Posted 20/09/2013 14:49

iCOASST Stakeholder Workshop, Suffolk—22nd March 2013

A stakeholder meeting was held in Lowestoft 22nd March focussing on the Suffolk coast case study. Stakeholders attending included representatives from the Environment Agency, Suffolk and Waveney DCs, NFU, RSPB EDF and various local groups.

Posted 20/09/2013 14:43

Suffolk Coast

iCOASST visit to the Suffolk Coast

The iCOASST team braved an arctic wind in March 2013 to visit the Suffolk coast. Although an area which was well known to some of the team, it was the first visit to Suffolk for many. We made several stops during the day to see some classic coastal geomorphology and a wide range of coastal management interventions, and to understand more about the dynamics of this coastline and the challenges we face to manage it.

Posted 20/09/2013 14:41

Sefton Fieldtrip

iCOASST visit to the Sefton Coast

July 3rd 2013 was bright and breezy, just right for the iCOASST team to visit the Sefton Coast. Lead by Graham Lymbery and Paul Wisse (Sefton Metropolitan Borough Council) the team were guided around the geomorphic features, to learn about the management issues that this coastline faces. The tour started at Crosby Baths where dunes have now developed in front of the hard defences. Continuing north along the coast the defences changed from the rock armour to rubble beach before reaching the River Alt and its training walls. Walking along the retreating dune frontage at Formby Point the group saw the exposed nicotine waste and searched for ancient foot prints in the mud outcrops on the beach. The management issues here were related to the re-exposure of a buried car park and the present threat to a caravan site. Passing through the National Trust site the group were lucky enough to spot a red squirrel. A final stop at Southport pier was the perfect place to get a feel for the extent of land reclamation in the area and view the influence from the Ribble Estuary. In contrast to the retreating dune system, extensive saltmarsh accretion has occurred from the Ribble north of the pier and a green beach at Birkdale has formed to the south. The informal setting of the tour allowed the iCOASST team to meet the local stakeholder community, while gaining an appreciation for the extent of this coastal system, the historical human influence and the present management issues. A great day out was had!

Posted 20/09/2013 14:39

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Integrated Environmental Modelling using FluidEarth

There is a growing awareness of the need to model environmental systems as a whole. For example, 'whole catchment modelling' is required to deliver the objectives of the Water Framework Directive, while the aims of the Integrating Coastal Sediment Systems (iCOASST) project requires the modelling of different interacting coastal environments. The drive to model systems in the environmental sciences has led to the development of different supporting computer architectures. Integrated environmental modelling can be undertaken by building a 'super-model' simulating many processes or by using a generic coupling framework to dynamically link distinct separate models during run-time. Our approach to dynamic linking is to adopt the Open Modelling Interface (OpenMI).

Posted 20/09/2013 14:36

The Challenge of Modelling Decadal Coastal Morphology Changes and the iCOASST Formal Approach

The iCOASST aim: to improve our capability to predict decadal (10 to 100 year) scale coastal erosion and accretion to support coastal management is a challenge because the problem is neither well understood nor expressed. Hence, as a first step a formal problem structuring method is needed which includes effective communication between different expertise and interests (e.g. the manager, the coastal expert, the modeller). The iCOASST framework provides modellers with a guide for decision making during the model development and a roadmap for stakeholders from the problem situation to a set of solutions.

Posted 20/09/2013 14:29

Mapping the structure of coupled coast and estuary geomorphological systems

One of the early activities within the iCOASST project has been to develop a new overarching conceptual framework that helps us to understand the complex web of interactions that govern coastal and estuarine morphological change at timescales of decades to centuries. Led by UCL, this work provides more detail than previous mapping of coastal cells and sub-cells in England and Wales and also incorporates the enormous variety of human interventions that constrain present and future coastal evolution.

Posted 20/09/2013 14:23

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