Welcome to IGCP 725!
Project Summary: Coastal communities are prone to a range of geohazards, including sea-level rise, storms, subsidence, earthquakes and tsunamis. They can result in major changes to our coastlines, causing loss of life, damage to infrastructure, economic hardship, and degradation of coastal ecosystems. A key scientific goal is the ability to forecast coastal response to driving mechanisms, enabling effective decision-making about how best to manage the coastal zone and reduce risk. Accurate forecasts of coastal change are best achieved by combining geological field and laboratory data with predictive numerical models. However, coastal geologists and numerical modellers often approach the issue in different and not always complementary ways. To overcome this key issue, the project will bring together scientists from coastal geology and numerical modelling to improve the predictive capacity of numerical models to fore- and hind-cast coastal change. The project will produce a ‘best practice’ guide for how geoscientists can effectively use and integrate models into their investigations in a range of coastal settings, with a view towards directly informing management of the coastal zone. To this end, the project will also engage with stakeholders to develop guidelines for effective communication of evidence and science-based coastal policy.
Project Duration: 2021-2026
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