The Sea and Society

Coastal REsistance: Alerts and Monitoring Technologies (CreamT)

The Coastal REsistance: Alerts and Monitoring Technologies (CreamT) project is monitoring wave overtopping and beach levels change at Dawlish and Penzance. With Plymouth University we are demonstrating a new monitoring system able to issue vital real-time hazard alerts. We are building on previous research using digital communication, data networking and citizen science. Our recent project (WireWall) created a unique overtopping sensor that we will develop into a low-cost hazard monitoring system for long-term deployments using telemetry to transfer data. Another project (SWEEP) created a south west regional computer simulation that updates daily to forecast coastal hazard 3 days in advance. CreamT will incorporate our new hazard data into the SWEEP service through a new web-accessible, open source data staging web service, linking models and new monitoring to validate current hazard services.

Supporting Implementation of Maritime Spatial Planning in the Atlantic

SIMAtlantic aims to support the establishment and implementation of maritime spatial planning (MSP) in five European Atlantic countries: France, Ireland, Portugal, Spain and the United Kingdom. It is a two-year project co-funded by the European Union and implemented by partners representing academic institutions, marine planning authorities and scientific public bodies, who will work together to share knowledge and ultimately build long-lasting cooperation in MSP.

Co-benefit Solutions for Resilient Coasts (Co-Opt)

Sea and society interact most strongly at the coast where communities both benefit from and are threatened by the marine environment. Co-Opt will deliver a new integrated and interdisciplinary system-based framework that will effectively support the required transition from hard ‘grey’ defences to softer ‘green’ solutions in coastal and shoreline management. This framework will combine for the first time a conceptual representation of the complex coastal socio-ecological system, quantitative valuation of coastal ecosystem services under a changing climate, and the characterisation of how social perceptions and values influence both previous elements. Our new framework will be demonstrated for four case studies in the UK in collaboration with national, regional, and local stakeholders.

Integrating Diverse Values into Management

Diverse values refer to the many dimensions of value including economic values, social and cultural values, aesthetic values, and natural values, and how they might be accounted for in decision-making frameworks such as instrumental values, intrinsic values and relational values. Marine environments and human well-being are inextricably linked through complex socio-ecological systems that span terrestrial, coastal and ocean domains. While this complexity is widely acknowledged in theory, current models of marine resource management practice do not adequately adopt the necessary transdisciplinary approaches to use diverse values or have the means to align them to decision making and policy development.