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EPSRC Reference: EP/I035390/1
Title: Adaptation and Resilience of Coastal Energy Supply
Principal Investigator: Plater, Professor AJ
Other Investigators:
Wood, Professor MD Brown, Dr J North, Professor PJ
Walkington, Dr IA Souza, Professor AJ Tyler, Professor AN
Greenshaw, Professor T Masselink, Professor G Wilby, Professor RL
Nicholls, Professor RJ Russell, Professor P Copplestone, Professor D
McCauley, Professor D Kidd, Ms S Horsburgh, Professor KJ
Hooke, Professor J Spencer, Professor J Burrows, Professor R
Davidson, Dr M Chen, Professor D Wolf, Dr J
Kingston, Dr KS Li, Dr M
Researcher Co-Investigators:
Project Partners:
EDF National Grid Nuclear Decomissioning Authority
Department: Geography and Planning
Organisation: University of Liverpool
Scheme: Standard Research
Starts: 01 November 2011 Ends: 30 October 2017 Value (£): 1,415,336
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Climate & Climate Change Coastal & Waterway Engineering
Energy - Nuclear Land - Ocean Interactions
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
Construction Energy
Related Grants:
Panel History:
Panel DatePanel NameOutcome
17 Mar 2011 Adaptation and Resilience of the UK Energy System to Climate Change Announced
Summary on Grant Application Form
The project aims to identify the challenges facing the future security of the UK nuclear energy sector and coastal energy supply in the NW region as a result of changing patterns of temperature and rainfall, sea-level rise and storms. In particular, we will determine the threats posed to future energy generation and the distribution network by flooding and erosion, changing patterns of coastal sedimentation, water temperature and the distribution of plants and animals in the coastal zone. As well as having important consequences for the operation of coastal power stations, these climate change impacts also affect the neighbouring coastline as well as the coastal waters. As a result, communities need to be made aware of these future threats, and to be brought into discussions that decide the future of energy supply in the UK. To support this, the project will first build a computer model of the coast that can operate at scales of 25-100 km and that can predict coastal changes for estuaries, gravel beaches, sandy beaches and dunes, and cliffs made up of both hard and soft rock. The coupled outputs from this integrated model will be converted into maps of future flooding, erosion, sedimentation, water quality and habitats that are the result of climate change projections to the 2020s, 2050s and 2080s and, over longer periods of time, our best understanding of long-term coastal change to 2100, 2200 and 2500 AD. These maps can then be consulted and overlain using a computer-based geographic information system as a decision-support tool to assist in drawing-up coastal management plans, looking at the different threats that we face and the options to address their overall impact on coastal energy supply. The aim is to identify how the coastal power stations, substations and distribution grid can adapt to future climate change impacts and thus become more resilient, thus securing our energy needs as we move into a low-carbon future.
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