Innovative Wave Hazard Measurement of the Sefton Coast by Dr Jennifer Brown
The Sefton Coast has a range of different environments from dunes to a rubble beach to sea walls.
Lying between the estuaries of the Mersey and Ribble in North-West England, the Sefton coast and is the perfect escape from the noise of the City. 22 miles of unique coastline it is one of the finest locations for nature study and enjoys a vibrant ecosystem. The majority of the coast is designated as a Site of Special Interest (SSSI) under UK law and an integral part of a much wider network of important European wildlife sites.
The Sefton Coast has a range of different environments from dunes to a rubble beach to sea walls. At Crosby where the Antony Gormley statues look out to sea a research project has developed a new system (called WireWall) to measure the speed and volume of wave plumes that come over the sea wall during windy high tidal conditions. the National Oceanographic Centre (NOC) in Liverpool led the WireWall research project which aims to improve our understanding of the hazard to people due to waves spraying over coastal defenced during stormy conditions. This information is required to calibrate the tools used in early warning systems for coastal flood hazard and in the design of new coastal schemes. As more severe storms cause a hazard to people, property and infrastructure the ability to measure changing coastal impact of climate influenced weather is an increasingly important development in coastal management.
Dr Jennifer Brown is a coastal oceanographer with NOC and an expert in coastal flood, erosion risk, and shoreline management strategies. She will give a lecture to the University on Wednesday 27 November – Innovative Wave Hazard Measurements Being Made at a Coast Near You that will detail developments in hazard measurement of past events to simulate and enable more accurate predictions of coastal erosion to help in coastal preparedness. Dr Jennifer Brown will use recent research and measurement from the Sefton Coast to describe the future of wave hazard measurement systems and their increased importance in a future that is vulnerable to extreme climate activity.
Innovative Wave Hazard Measurements Being Made at a Coast Near You with Dr Jennifer Brown is a one-off talk on Wednesday 27 Novembert, 6-8pm, and you can book your place for this course here.