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

M. Mokrech, R. Nicholls, S. Hanson, A. Watkinson, S. Jude, S. Nicholson-Cole, M. Walkden, J. Hall, R. Dawson, P. Stansby, G.K. Jacoub, M. Rounsvell, C. Fontaine, L. Acosta, J. Lowe, J. Wolf, J. Leake, J. Wright, G. Watson, J. RichardsM. Dickson, P. Balson

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The coastal simulator is designed to provide information on the possible future states of the coast through the 21 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.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCoastal Management - Proceedings of the two-day International Conference organised by the Institution of Civil Engineers, ICE
Number of pages15
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2007


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