The importance of climate change in the context of coastal engineering and management has generally been equated to the problems caused by an increase in mean sea level. This remains an important issue, especially for countries which have large and economically important parts of their area below extreme tide level. Recent winters in the UK however, have indicated a number of other potential impacts affecting the management of the coastline and its defences which are more important, at least in the short-term. Of these, increases in wave heights, and changes in the direction from which those waves come, are the most worrying. This is clearly an area of joint concern to coastal managers and the offshore engineering industry alike. The paper examines the observed, or deduced changes in both the hydraulic and sedimentary regime of the UK coastline, and presents some case histories.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Climate Change Offshore N.W. Europe, an Assessment of the Impact of Changing Meteorological and Oceanographic (Metocean) Conditions on Offshore Activities; 18 April 1996; London, UK. Pprs. Publ by Soc for Underwater Technology, London, UK [9 p, 10 ref]
  • Authors:
    • Brampton, A H
  • Publication Date: 1996


  • English

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  • Accession Number: 00727941
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: British Maritime Technology
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 4 1996 12:00AM