Coastal habitats are some of our most naturally dynamic ecosystems and are important places for people and wildlife. They support valuable ecosystem services such as recreation, coastal defence and climate regulation, valued at £48 billion (UK NEA).
Our coasts are undergoing major changes brought about by manmade development, such as tidal lagoons, and global environmental change. However, the effects of these multiple pressures on the structure and function of coastal ecosystems are not well understood.
CEH is leading new ways of working across traditional scientific boundaries, to develop a common understanding of the challenges posed by managing environmental change at the land/sea interface.
CEH work on coastal interactions
- Coastal Habitats and species – sand dunes, saltmarsh, seabirds
- Coastal Ecosystem services
- Land to sea linkages
- Marine renewable energy
- Coastal research into policy
Monitoring sites / Research platforms
- Conwy Catchment Area
- Thames Catchment Area
- Countryside survey coastal squares
- Glastir Monitoring and Evaluation Programme (GMEP) coastal squares