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The 25-year Pevensey Bay Sea Defence scheme is approaching its final 5 years. What happens after 2025 will most likely be a political decision. In any event, maintenance of these sea defences will remain the responsibility of the Environment Agency. Since 2000 the defences have been managed by Pevensey Coastal Defence Ltd (PCDL) with specific weather related risks allocated to the contractor. One available option is for the existing contract to be extended for a further 10 years. Maintaining the balance of risk between client and contractor has remained a key component of the contract.
Increasingly there is evidence that the UK climate is changing, so regardless of whether the contract is extended or not, it is important that the Environment Agency understands the potential effect any changes may bring.
Project Manager at Pevensey Coastal Defence Ltd
Ian will provide an overview of the defence scheme and review what lessons can be learnt from 20 years of monitoring and management and what the future holds. Monthly intertidal monitoring over the last 15 years suggests sediment is being lost from the lower foreshore. To better understand what is happening and to potentially allow improved management of sediment movement, PCDL and the Environment Agency are joining forces with University of Southampton researchers.
Associate Professor of Physical Geography at the University of Southampton
Julian will provide an introduction to research work that is due to start in autumn 2019, including planned sediment flux monitoring, radar installation and high-resolution topographic survey via drones and small unmanned vessels (using multibeam echo sounders).
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