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

Projects

Monitoring sites / Research platforms

  • Conwy Catchment Area
  • Thames Catchment Area
  • Ribble
  • Newborough
  • Countryside survey coastal squares
  • Glastir Monitoring and Evaluation Programme (GMEP) coastal squares
Saltmarsh transition from dune
Understanding their importance to wildlife, people and the functions they perform
Sand Dunes
Sand dunes: dynamic, diverse, in danger?
Durdle Door by Daniel Hauke
How do we benefit from our coasts?
Kicking-starting natural dune dynamics
Guiding successful restoration in saltmarsh and sand dunes
Sand dunes and landscape
The science behind our unique coastal biodiversity
Conwy catchment
Integrated hydrological and ecological monitoring and research in a varied coastal catchment