The UK needs an open data portal dedicated to coastal flood and erosion hazard risk and resilience

Eli D. Lazarus, Sofia Aldabet, Charlotte E. l. Thompson, Christopher T. Hill, Robert J. Nicholls, Jon R. French, Sally Brown, Emma L. Tompkins, Ivan D. Haigh, Ian H. Townend, Edmund C. Penning-Rowsell

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In the UK, coastal flooding and erosion are two of the primary climate-related hazards to communities, businesses, and infrastructure. To better address the ramifications of those hazards, now and into the future, the UK needs to transform its scattered, fragmented coastal data resources into a systematic, integrated portal for quality-assured, publicly accessible open data. Such a portal would support analyses of coastal risk and resilience by hosting, in addition to data layers for coastal flooding and erosion, a diverse array of spatial datasets for building footprints, infrastructure networks, land use, population, and various socio-economic measures and indicators derived from survey and census data. The portal would facilitate novel combinations of spatial data layers to yield scientifically, societally, and economically beneficial insights into UK coastal systems.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)137-146
Number of pages10
JournalAnthropocene Coasts
Issue number1
Early online date17 Sep 2021
Publication statusPublished - 17 Sep 2021


  • Geomatics
  • Geospatial information systems
  • Open data

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