Impacts of climate change on built structures (onshore and coastal)
Matthew P. Wadey, Heidi Roberts and John Harris
Wadey, M.P., Roberts, H. and Harris, J. (2013) Impacts of climate change on built structures (onshore and coastal), MCCIP Science Review, 284-294, doi:10.14465/2013.arc30.284-294
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The UK has for some time been adapting to changing risks of erosion and flooding, caused by natural andanthropogenic changes. Many past (and some current) coastal management practices are, however, increasinglyrecognised as unsustainable, and future approaches that have implications for coastal structures will very muchdepend upon the rate of sea-level rise, and actual events (which may trigger drastic responses). However, the rates ofvarious aspects of climate change are highly uncertain, as are the associated responses of human and coastal systems.Since the previous version of this report, new sources of information have been developed to help understandpotential impacts; although the continued use of datasets to monitor actual changes should be intensified, and wherepossible continually integrated with methods that maintain a contemporary understanding of the changing risks andfeasible options for the management of coastal structures.