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Latest RISC-KIT research early view available online: Reconstructing and understanding the impacts of storms and surges, southern North Sea.

Partners from the University of Cambridge have published a new paper in the journal Earth Surface Processes and Landforms

 

 

RISC-KIT partners at the University of Cambridge have published a new paper entitled, "Reconstructing and understanding the impacts of storms and surges, southern North Sea." published in the Wiley journal, Earth Surface Processes and Landforms. The paper, which was a collaboration between Sue Brooks from the University of London, and Tom Spencer, Anna McIvor and Iris Möller from the University of Cambridge, is available for early viewing online

 

The authors study the effect of interdecadal changes on coastal barriers in the presence of coastal retreat. This research shows that, at least in the short term, shoreline retreat is driven by individual events interspersed with periods of stasis. Over decadal timescales, significant inter-decadal changes can be seen in both barrier onshore retreat rates and in barrier extension rates alongshore.

 

The study focuses on a stretch of coastline along the North Norfolk Coast, which is a national nature reseve as well as one of the RISC-KIT Case Study sites. This site is special owing to its characteristic barriers, saltmarsh, and spits. This mosaic of habitats is recognised internationally through the North Norfolk Coast Special Area of Conservation (SAC) and as a Special Protection Area (SPA) under the Ramsar convection. 

 

The full-text, open access article is available online here.          

  

               

 

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