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Monitoring, Modelling and Managing Coastal Rock Cliff Erosion
The Boulby Geoscience Research Group
Erosion of coastal rock cliffs poses significant challenges to shoreline management and hazard mitigation plans, requiring significant public financial expenditure. It is widely anticipated that the predicted increases in the rate of sea level rise over the next century will have profound implications for coastal recession and landform change. It is important that we understand how, and how quickly, coastal landforms are likely to change in the future. The Boulby Geoscience Group has been monitoring and modelling the processes and mechanisms of hard rock sea cliff evolution along the North Yorkshire coastline since 2002. The Group has developed innovative, high resolution methods to monitor rockfall volume, notably through use of Terrestrial Laser Scanning techniques. The installation of a novel cliff-face monitoring system and an array of cliff-top microseismic sensors has provided further insights into the effects of microclimate and wave energy delivery on rockfall behaviour. The research findings have allowed the development of new models of coastal rock cliff change and provide a framework within which the effects of future climatic and sea-level changes on rocky coastlines can be assessed. The Boulby Geoscience Group will be holding a one-day workshop to demonstrate the key findings of ongoing research into coastal rock cliff erosion.
09:30 - 10:00 Reception and welcome. Light refreshments provided
10:00 - 11:00 Seminar 1: Background and research rationale
11:00 - 13:00 Field excursion to Cowbar Nab, Staithes. Transport provided
13:00 - 14:00 Return to Hunley Hall. Transport and luncheon provided
14:00 - 15:30 Seminar 2: Presentation of key research findings
15:30 - 15:40 Light refreshments provided
15:40 - 16:30 Seminar 3: Discussion and workshop wrap-up
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