12:30pm - 1:30pm


WEBINAR,United Kingdom


Free to attend

Hosted by the CIWEM Central Southern branch

Event description

This 3-part webinar series on coasts in a changing climate will explore how our shorelines can be made more resilient to extreme weather and rising sea level events.

The first seminar of the series will examine the sensitivity of the shoreline in England and Wales, using a new mapping study that determines accelerated cliff recession under UKCP18 projections of sea level.

Part two of this webinar series will focus on a case study looking at how long term non-statutory shoreline management interacts with the statutory process of planning.

The final webinar will consider how resilience of disadvantaged American coastal communities to coastal floods can be improved using lessons learnt in low income countries.

You can register for the whole series by clicking the registration button below.

If you have registered previously for the event, you will have received an email with joining instructions. If you have any questions, please contact Barbara Woods at barbara.woods@ciwem.org.

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Part 1: Coast in a changing climate

Cliff and shore sensitivity to accelerating sea level rise

Tuesday 29 September 2020
12:30pm - 1.30pm

We know that sea level rise drives coastal retreat, but there is great uncertainty about how sensitive shore recession will be to increasing rates of rise. The Joint Defra / Environment Agency Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management Research and Development Programme is exploring this question for coastal cliffs, in a project being undertaken by WSP. This study is bringing a new perspective and using a mass-simulation approach to quantify accelerated cliff recession under UKCP18 projections of sea level rise. For the first time this sensitivity is being mapped for the shoreline of England and Wales.

The presentation will discuss how coastal cliff recession has previously been understood, and the benefits offered by the new approach. It will briefly describe the model simulations, and then explain what their output tells us about how sensitivity may vary around England and Wales. Finally, an example will be given of the how results may be used, at suitable sites, to predict future cliff position.

About the speaker

Mike Walkden

Mike Walkden is an Associate Director with WSP. He has been successfully developing and applying techniques for the prediction of coastal cliff erosion under climate change for more than 20 years, both as an academic and consultant. In recent years he has been working on how better predictions may be made in simple ways with limited resources. Mike’s experience in this field includes Shoreline Management Plans, coastal strategies, detailed local assessments of critical infrastructure and probabilistic simulations of coupled flood and erosion risk.

Part 2: Coast in a changing climate

Shoreline management plan refresh - "before, the present and into the future"

Thursday 1 October 2020
12:30pm - 1.30pm

In the second session of the series, our speakers will discuss the concern that led initially to the need for shoreline management, how this has developed over three decades into where we are now, but critically how we ensure that this internationally recognised process is progressed. Our presentation will discuss some of the issues that have always been recognised in taking forward long term policy in the face of the more immediate pressures that are currently being faced, looking also at how non-statutory shoreline management interacts with the statutory process of planning. The presentation will highlight the aims and some of the findings emerging from the SMP Refresh process and discuss the very real challenges into the future.

About the speakers

Kevin Burgess

Kevin Burgess is Head of Coastal at Jacobs. He has been involved with the development of Shoreline Management Plans from their inception in 1992, engaged in the delivery of several of the first and second generation plans. Between these Kevin led up the studies and production of the Procedural Guidance on which the current SMPs are based, and the Futurecoast project which input to that by bringing better incorporation of coastal geomorphological behaviour and changes into the policy development process. He has most recently headed up the SMP Refresh, which will be discussed as part of the presentation.

Gregor Guthrie

Gregor Guthrie is a Coastal Management consultant at Royal Haskoning DHV. He has again been involved with the development of Shoreline Management Planning and its integration with Coastal Management ever since its initial emergence in 1992. Greg was involved with the development of three of the original SMP1s and subsequently, in one way or another, in the majority of all the subsequent SMP2s around England and Wales. Greg’s current role attempts to reconcile the practical delivery of shoreline management policy in the context of the more immediate day to day problems posed by coastal change, while retaining the longer term perspective in the face of climate change. He has been a key contributor to the recent SMP Refresh project.

Part 3: Coasts in a changing climate

Enhancing resilience of communities in the USA to coastal floods using lessons from low income countries

Friday 2 October 2020
12:30pm - 1.30pm

‘Over the past decade, the US Gulf Coast has been hit by a series of coastal floods resulting in fatalities and significant economic losses. In the USA, over the past 60 years, the disparity between the rich and poor has increased. Poor American households often have limited social networks to call upon in times of emergency which reduces their resilience to coastal floods.

The resilience of low income communities in Cuba and Bangladesh to coastal floods has increased via a range of measures including: improving warnings; building social capital; and increasing the levels of trust in organisations responsible for coordinating emergency responses.

This presentation will look at how the resilience of disadvantaged American coastal communities to coastal floods could be increased based on the success of strategies employed in Bangladesh and Cuba.

About the speaker

Darren Lumbroso

Darren Lumbroso is a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers and a Member of the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management. Over the course of his 25 year’ career, he has worked for voluntary, private sector and research organisations in over 30 countries worldwide, mainly in the fields of flood risk management, water resources management and climate change adaptation..

Booking and joining information

This event is open to members and non-members of CIWEM.

This webinar will be hosted on the Zoom platform. Please note that registrations will close 24 hours before the event starts. If you have not registered before that time, unfortunately we cannot add you to the event. You will receive an email with joining instructions after you have successfully registered for the webinar and the registration has been approved by our team. If you have any questions about your booking or would like to cancel your attendance, please contact barbara.woods@ciwem.org.

If you have any queries about this webinar series, please contact Anya Fisher at Anya.Fisher@wsp.com.

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