The Tyndall coastal simulator and interface

Robert Nicholls, Susan Hanson, Mustafa Mokrech, Peter Stansby, Nicolas Chini, Mike Walkden, Richard Dawson, Nicolas Roche, Jim Hall, Sophie Nicholson-Cole, Andrew Watkinson, Simon Jude, Jason Lowe, Judith Wolf, James Leake, Mark Rounsevell, Corentin Fontaine, Lilibeth Acosta-Michlik, Sophie Day

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Coastal zones attract settlements, are ideal for a range of economic activities and accommodate important natural habitats that provide ecosystem services. All these coastal activities are vulnerable to climate and other changes unless appropriate management policies are implemented. Sea-level rise and intensified storms could increase the incidence of flooding and erosion, as well as degrade coastal ecosystems. Importantly, the coast is a linked system, and management responses for one area or sector may influence the impacts for other areas or sectors. Understanding coastal processes and taking account of climate and socio-economic futures helps to illustrate/reveal impending choices,and in developing responsive informed long-term coastal management policies. This paper describes research being carried out by the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research on their Coastal Simulator. The research includes the linkage of a range of modelling procedures to represent coastal management and climate and coastal processes, as well as the design of a GIS-based interface to make the intergrated results accessible. The prototype simulator provides regional impact assessments of climate and socio-economic futures under various management options in the coastal zones of Norfolk, Fast Anglia and shows that erosion and flood risk are strongly linked.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCoastal Engineering 2008
EditorsJane McKee Smith
Place of PublicationSingapore
PublisherWorld Scientific Publishing Co. Pte Ltd
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)978-981-4467-56-8
ISBN (Print)978-981-4277-36-5
Publication statusPublished - May 2009
Event31st International Conference on Coastal Engineering - Hamburg, Germany
Duration: 31 Aug 20085 Sep 2008


Conference31st International Conference on Coastal Engineering


  • visualisation
  • management
  • climate
  • surges
  • storm

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