Dynamic simulation and visualisation of coastal erosion

Brown, Iain, Jude, Simon, Koukoulas, Sotiris, Nicholls, Robert, Dickson, Mark and Walkden, Mike (2006) Dynamic simulation and visualisation of coastal erosion. Computers, Environment and Urban Systems, 30, (6), 840-860. (doi:10.1016/j.compenvurbsys.2005.08.002).


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A key requirement for effective coastal zone management is good knowledge and prediction of land erosion rates due to encroachment of the sea. However, in addition to demarcation of the hazard through modelling and mapping, a policy of risk mitigation necessitates significant attention should also be addressed to communicating the transient behaviour of the predictions and associated uncertainty. With climate change and sea level rise implying that historical rates of change may not be a reliable guide for the future, enhanced visualisation of the evolving coastline has the potential to improve awareness of this changing risk. This visual content is developed by linking scientific modelling with the transformation of digital elevation models, and then using GIS to integrate other spatiotemporal content. The resulting high-resolution visualisations may meet demands from decision-makers for tools to communicate scientific results more effectively, due to their realism and apparent authenticity. Nevertheless they can also produces a tension with the underlying scientific content because of the necessary extrapolation of extra detail, and the lack of established procedures to communicate the resulting uncertainty in the visualisation. Coastal managers also have concerns about releasing the visualisations to the general public. These issues are explored through analysis of future cliff erosion in Norfolk on the eastern coast of Great Britain.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1016/j.compenvurbsys.2005.08.002
Additional Information: Brown I., Jude S.R., Koukoulas S, Nicholls R. J., Dickson M, Walkden M, (2006). "Dynamic Simulation and Visualisation of Coastal Erosion." Computers, Environment and Urban Systems., 30(6), 840-860
ISSNs: 0198-9715 (print)
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Keywords: visualisation, simulation, coastal management, GIS, cliff erosion, climate change
Subjects: T Technology
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Civil Engineering and the Environment
ePrint ID: 53187
Accepted Date and Publication Date:
19 May 2006Published
19 September 2004Submitted
Date Deposited: 21 Jul 2008
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 12:31
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/53187

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