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The development of an integrated coastal simulator for supporting long term coastal management

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Mike Walkden, Professor Jim Hall, Professor Richard DawsonORCiD, Dr Jeremy Lowe, Dr Gordon Watson


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The coastal simulator is designed to provide information on the possible future states of the coast through the 21st Century under a range of climate and socio-economic futures and shoreline management options. It links a series of models within a nested spatial framework that recognises three scales which provide boundary conditions to the smaller scale: (1) "global"; (2) regional (e.g. North Sea); and (3) the simulator domain (defined by discrete physiographic unit(s)). The linked models describe a range of processes, including marine climate (waves, surges and mean sea level), sand bank morphodynamics, wave transformation, shoreline morphodynamics, built environment scenarios, ecosystem change, and erosion and flood risk. The simulator includes a dedicated graphical user interface which allows a range of queries of the results, including visualisations. The prototype simulator is designed to support Shoreline Management Plans (SMP's), but provides a methodology that could support integrated coastal zone management.

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Author(s): Mokrech M, Nicholls R, Hanson S, Watkinson A, Jude S, Nicholson-Cole S, Walkden M, Hall JW, Dawson RJ, Stansby P, Jacoub GK, Rounsvell M, Fontaine C, Acosta L, Lowe JP, Wolf J, Leake J, Wright J, Watson GJ, Richards J, Dickson M, Balson P

Editor(s): McInnes, R

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Published

Conference Name: Coastal Management - Proceedings of the two-day International Conference organised by the Institution of Civil Engineers, ICE

Year of Conference: 2007

Pages: 203-217

Publisher: Thomas Telford Ltd

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ISBN: 9780727735683