Scientific challenge

Extreme events already have dramatic impacts at the coast and coastal hazards will be increasing in the future. Coastal disasters are rarely the result of a single effect. It is therefore important to understand how weather-related hazardous events combine with each other, with long-term climate trends, and with coastal management.

Project summary

Coastal hazards: multi-hazard controls on flooding and erosion (CHAMFER) will:

  • improve understanding of how weather-related multi-hazards control coastal flooding and erosion
  • determine how these multi-hazards will respond to climate change and coastal management
  • provide advice to stakeholders on coastal management and adaptation options.

In turn, this will support improved predictions of the consequences of the ‘perfect storm’ and the ability to develop effective and sustainable solutions.

CHAMFER is led by the National Oceanography Centre, in collaboration with the British Geological Survey and UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology. It will run from 2022-2027. This £2.7million project is funded by the NERC National Capability Multi-Centre Science programme, which aims to enable an ambitious, integrated approach to large-scale research challenges.


UKCEH contact

UKCEH lead and WP2 lead (Protective services and vulnerability of UK coastal habitats to climate driven multi-hazards)