UK - Sand dune processes and management for flood and coastal defence

This project explored the physical processes taking place in sand dunes, and the best way of managing them for defending the coastline.

Sand dunes provide important natural coastal flood defences and are also very important for nature conservation, recreation and tourism.

This project aimed to achieve a better understanding of the physical nature of sand dunes and of the natural processes that affect their shape and composition.

The study reviewed current methods and techniques for managing coastal dunes. It also looked at the potential future effects of climate change on the dunes and their associated beach systems. It assessed the importance of dune systems for coastal defence, and the potential effects of removing hard defences to recreate the dynamic dune systems that were in place before.

The report was intended to inform local engineers and other coastal managers involved in managing dunes, and to act as a grounding for further research in this area.

This project ran from 1999 to 2001 at a cost £26,000.

Published 12 February 2021

Documents

Sand dune processes and management for flood and coastal defence - final report (122KB) PDF

Sand dune processes and management for flood and coastal defence - summary (47KB) PDF

Sand dune processes and management for flood and coastal defence: Site data summary sheets - project record (4MB) PDF

Part 1: Project overview and recommendations - technical report (5.5MB) PDF

Part 2: Sand dune processes and morphology - technical report (4MB) PDF

Part 3: The geomorphological and management status of coastal dunes in England and Wales - technical report (13.5MB) PDF

Part 4: Techniques for sand dune management - technical report (5.1MB) PDF

Part 5: Dune management practices and options at selected dune systems in England and Wales figures - technical report (13.6MB) PDF

Part 5: Dune management practices and options at selected dune systems in England and Wales text - technical report (1.1MB) PDF

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