The use of drones to protect mangrove coastline

Mangroves are a type of forest-like ecosystem that occur on sheltered tropical coastlines around the world. They typically consist of shrubs or trees in brackish coastal waters, and create a vital form of protection for the coastlines on which they exist. They have suffered from systematic deforestation over the past few decades, typically for timber … More The use of drones to protect mangrove coastline

Sea level rise has [not] stopped: how the climate sceptics choose ‘facts’ to support their unjustified conclusions

I was staggered (although shouldn’t have really been surprised) to stumble upon this blog post stating that sea level rise has stopped globally in the last year. I mean I work in the UK’s National Oceanography Centre – surely I’d have heard about something as important as that, right? Editor note: Since commenting on the … More Sea level rise has [not] stopped: how the climate sceptics choose ‘facts’ to support their unjustified conclusions

Climate change and coastal flooding: the current state of the art

There are many hundreds of publications in the scientific literature each year detailing the proposed impacts of climate change on the coastal zone, however, last week, the Marine Climate Change Impacts Partnership (MCCIP) published a new synopsis on UK coastal flooding impacts. The coastal flooding report, authored by SurgeWatch founders Ivan Haigh and Robert Nicholls is available here. Concern about … More Climate change and coastal flooding: the current state of the art

SurgeWatch – A database of UK Coastal Flood Events

The UK Government and National Agencies such as councils are notoriously bad at documenting flood impacts, and there is certainly no consistency in the manner with which they approach the task. A project I am now collaborating on is SurgeWatch, which aims to establish a comprehensive database of UK Coastal Flood events. If you have … More SurgeWatch – A database of UK Coastal Flood Events

New paper: New understanding of rip currents that could save lives

Here follows a press release for our recent paper on wave breaking patterns and the link to rip current risk.   Research by the Universities of Southampton and Plymouth has found a new link between breaking waves and the hazard posed by rip currents. The research provides a better understanding why some surf zone conditions … More New paper: New understanding of rip currents that could save lives