Professor Gerd Masselink
“Dune systems are natural forms of coastal defence. However, they are expected to exhibit increased erosion rates as a result of climate change, notably through sea-level rise and, potentially, increased storminess. It is really important to allow the dunes to migrate as this will preserve valuable coastal habitats and enhances coastal resilience. However, coastal authorities and communities are generally reluctant to allow the coastal zone to be pushed back and prefer to keep the coastal line where it is. We will have to get used to the idea that climate change will push our coastal systems slowly landward and we need to adapt to and not resist this, wherever we can.”
“This study shows that a combination of in-situ analysis and the application of dune retreat models can provide useful insights into future dune evolution. That information is crucial for coastal planners and managers to decide how to protect communities in both the short and long term. However, for coastal authorities and communities to fully prepare for and adapt to these changes, we still need to better understand and constrain what these future changes will be.”
- The full study – Masselink et al: Coastal dune dynamics in embayed settings with sea-level rise – Examples from the exposed and macrotidal north coast of SW England – is published in Marine Geology, DOI: 10.1016/j.margeo.2022.106853.
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- coastal erosion and storm impacts
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