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Prediction of the erosion of cliffed terrains (PROTECT)

Objective

The erosion of coastal cliffs is inevitable. The cliff collapses are a hazard, a problem for coastal land use planners and limit the use of the coastline as an amenity. PROTECT will research techniques that will identify cliffs that are approaching a state of imminent collapse and allow accurate predictions to be made of the timing of the collapse. One technique will attempt to remotely measure changes in tension within the fracture network near a cliff face, whilst others will monitor acoustic crack emissions generated during fracturing. If successful, the results will provide both long term and short-term alerts of cliff instability. The techniques will be developed at cliff research sites where control data on the physical properties of the cliffs are available. Outputs will be the monitoring techniques, recommendations for their implementation by coastal managers and increased understanding of cliff collapse parameters.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

NATURAL ENVIRONMENT RESEARCH COUNCIL
Address
Murchison House, West Mains Roads
EH9 3LA Edinburgh
United Kingdom

Participants (8)

Bureau de Recherches Géologiques et Minières
France
Address
Avenue Claude Guillemin 3
45060 Orleans
CONSORZIO FERRARA RICERCHE
Italy
Address
Corso Ercole I D'este 32
44100 Ferrara
DIRECTION DÉPARTEMENTALE DE L'EQUIPEMENT DE LA SEINE MARITIME
France
Address

76031 Rouen
GEOLOGICAL SURVEY OF DENMARK AND GREENLAND
Denmark
Address
8,Oester Voldgade 10
2400 Koepenhagen
INSTITUT NATIONAL DE L'ENVIRONNEMENT INDUSTRIEL ET DES RISQUES
France
Address
Parc Technologique Alata
60550 Verneuil En Halatte
ISLE OF WIGHT COUNCIL
United Kingdom
Address
High Street
PO30 1UD Newport (Isle Of Wight)
MARITIME OFFICE GDYNIA
Poland
Address
Chrzanowskiego
81-338 Gdynia
UNIVERSITY OF BRIGHTON
United Kingdom
Address
Lewes Road, Cockcroft Building
BN2 4GJ Brighton