Deciding on the best ways to manage our coastline can be difficult. We face uncertainty in how our climate and population will change and we are still learning about the behaviour of coastal systems and the impact of our interventions. We must aim to meet the multiple and often competing needs of those who use the coast; maintain a strategic view whilst encouraging local ownership.

Our vision for Coastal Flood and Erosion Risk Management Research, Development and Dissemination

“Those with responsibility to manage coastal flood and erosion have access to useable tools and techniques that improve their ability to predict change. The opportunities and constraints of change on all important aspects of coastal flood and erosion systems are understood and accounted for when making decisions. The decisions taken are fully integrated, nesting UK priorities through to action, and maximise opportunities and minimise risks efficiently and effectively. There is rapid uptake of research and development outputs into practice, and practical experience and pilot studies routinely refresh research priorities.”

The vision is supported by our Coastal Research, Development and Dissemination (CoRDDi) framework which was developed as part of the FCERM R&D Programme in 2010. It is of relevance to all those with an interest in managing coastlines.  

It sets out our coastal research needs and aims to boost collaboration between different research organisations and with those responsible for managing flood and coastal erosion risks along our coastline. 

We run a ‘Coastal Research Steering Group’ that have an active role in implementing this framework.

CoRDDi themes

We have identified four CoRDDi themes:

  • improving our understanding of the physical, biological and human processes involved in coastal flooding, erosion and management
  • improving our ability to value impacts and marshal funding from multiple sources in a fair and consistent manner
  • improving our ability to develop flexible solutions and boost good practice – building resilient communities and adaptive capacity
  • changing outputs to outcomes by improving the speed and breadth of dissemination through to uptake by all those involved in coastal research and management