FD2324 - Risk assessment of coastal erosion

Theme:Strategy and Policy Development
Project status:Completed
Start date:15/02/2005
End date:31/05/2006
  • Environmental Protection,
  • Flood and Coastal Defence,
  • Land,
  • Risk,
  • Coastal Defence
  • Halcrow Group Ltd


A range of analytical techniques for coastal erosion assessment have been developed, with the choice of which to adopt dependent on the level of detail required for each assessment
and the extent and quality of data that is available. The methodology developed by the project has been taken forward at a national level by the Environment Agency to produce draft coastal erosion risk maps (Making Space for Water Project HA4b)


To enable introduction of a risk-based framework, tools and techniques to underpin decision-making in policy, planning and implementation of coastal erosion risk management. To support High Level Target 6 - assessing the risks of coastal erosion.



To develop, test and disseminate methods for assessing risks of coastal erosion. The project will result in practical approaches for local authorities to assess risks (i.e. probabilities and consequences) of coastal erosion and to enable these risks to be reported. A major benefit is the development of a nationally-consistent methodology for assessing and reporting on erosion risk. In addition, this would help to ensure a consistent approach to flood and erosion risk assessment and management, within the framework established in FD2302 (Risk, Uncertainty and Performance Review). The main output would be Guidance for operating authorities.