coastal defence Articles

  • Mangroves for coastal defence

    The role of mangroves in protecting our coasts against natural hazards such as storms, tsunamis and coastal erosion has been widely promoted. But the supposed coastal protection services of mangroves have also been subject to debate. The Nature Conservancy and Wetlands International together with the University of Cambridge set out to map the current state of knowledge about the role of mangroves ...


    By Wetlands International

  • The response of mangrove soil surface elevation to sea level rise

    Coastal ecosystems such as mangroves can reduce risk to people and infrastructure from wave damage and flooding. The continued provision of these coastal defence services by mangroves is dependent on their capacity to adapt to projected rates of sea level rise. This report explores the capacity of mangrove soil surfaces to increase in elevation in response to local rises in sea level. Historical ...


    By Wetlands International

  • Green Solutions for Resilient Delta Cities

    The climate is changing at the same time as we see enlarging and more densely populated urban delta areas. We need to find new and innovative ways to keep people in urban areas safe from chronic and acute stresses such as flooding and poor water quality whilst maintaining a desirable environment. Green approaches may be the solution. Green approaches and solutions are increasingly proving ...


    By Wetlands International

  • What are the true costs of rising sea levels?

    A simple relationship between sea level rise and the massive potential costs of future coastal flooding has been established by scientists in Germany. As sea levels rise, the damage to human economies rises even faster. And as sea levels rose by an estimated 14cms in the last century, and could rise by up to 130cms ...


    By Climate News Network

  • The case for automatic weirs

    With hosepipe bans returning to parts of the country this summer, it’s easy to forget the disastrous floods of recent years – unless, of course, you were personally affected. This year’s harsh winter and modest levels of spring and summer rainfall belie a growing trend of more extreme weather events hitting the UK and a pattern of warmer winters and wetter summers. As we saw ...


    By Kijlstra Precast Ltd.

  • Living with floods in the Mahanadi Delta, India

    In October 2013, one of the fiercest cyclones to hit the Bay of Bengal for many years made landfall on the low-lying delta coast of the Indian state of Odisha. With winds battering the coastline at more than 200 kilometres per hour, the structural damage from cyclone Phailin was intense. Thousands of straw, timber and bamboo homes were destroyed across the delta of the River Mahanadi, one of ...


    By Wetlands International

  • Dewatering with Geotextile Bags - South Gippsland, Australia (Water Treatment) - Case Study

    A simple, cost effective new method of dewatering sludge is now available in Australia, writes Bill Kelly from CRS Industrial Water Treatment. The use of geotextilcs for containment and dewatering came about as a result of a major flood event in Holland in the 1950s. It prompted Dutch marine engineers to seek new methods and materials to build structures for coastal defences. The ...

  • Your guide to science and technology at Rio+20

    How will science and technology fare at the Rio+20 summit? Aisling Irwin looks at scientists' demands and assesses their chances. Is this the last chance for scientists to save the planet? The UN Conference on Sustainable Development — Rio+20 — enters its final phase of negotiations next week at a summit to be attended by more than 130 heads of state. At stake ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • River Embankment, Goole - Case Study

    CLIENT: Environment Agency RECLAMATION STRATEGY: Low permeability barrier CONTAMINATION: Flood defence END USE: Flood defence Project Overview ...


    By Envirotreat Technologies Ltd

  • Acting on disaster warnings: Don`t miss the human factor

    We need to understand why some people act on early warnings while others ignore them, says disaster preparedness specialist Sudhir Kumar. The Great East Japan Earthquake and subsequent tsunami of 11 March 2011 challenged global ideas about responding to disasters. It showed that structural defences alone, such as breakwaters, coastal dykes and tidal barriers, cannot provide protection ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Valeport showcase new solutions at Flood and Coast on stand A9, March 20-22

    Showcasing the latest solutions to support hydrographic surveying ...


    By Valeport Ltd

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