The rise in sea levels as a result of climate change is going to place many coastal communities under threat. Within that, it has largely been assumed that these coral atoll islands could just disappear. Our previous research has suggested that is not a foregone conclusion, and this project will establish the processes at play and as well as supporting the communities that call these islands home by identifying and evaluating adaptation strategies.
Professor of Coastal Geomorphology and Principal Investigator on the ARISE project
Atoll islands have been created over hundreds to thousands of years by ocean waves, and their future is intrinsically connected to it. The ecology of the reefs they sit on is also under threat, but their survival is critically important to the island’s survival. The big question is whether all of that can keep up with sea level rise, and answering that is crucial for both the islands and the people who live on them.
Professor of Coastal Geomorphology
The Coastal Processes Research Group is an internationally recognised group of researchers, specialising in field studies of coastal processes and seeking to understand and predict the behaviour of coastal and estuarine systems. Research topics include:
- beach morphodynamics and nearshore sediment transport
- coastal erosion and storm impacts
- video monitoring of coastal systems
- coastal process modelling
- estuarine processes and evolution.
The group operates a research-informed consultancy Coastal Marine Applied Research.
- Research explores whether coral islands could survive the impact of rising sea levels 1 November 2023
- Conference highlights climate challenges facing coastal communities 10 July 2023
- Sand dunes experience significant erosion due to sea-level rise and extreme storms 20 July 2022
- Enabling North Devon to become the UK’s first World Surfing Reserve 4 April 2022
- Slow progress on buffer zones designed to restrict coastal development 19 November 2021
- New model accurately predicts how coasts will be impacted by storms and sea-level rise 7 July 2021