My research project
Climate Change resilience of an English coastal town - the sustainability of critical infrastructure
The focus of study is the resilience of the infrastructure that underpins a specific community on England’s south coast and the robustness of planned interventions, i.e., sea wall maintenance and sewerage replacement programmes etc. An audit will evaluate the infrastructure to assess the sustainability of society between 2022 and 2100. The study will investigate if measures are in place to ensure resilience to climate change in such coastal communities and, if so, to test the robustness of these measures. Through the results of the sustainability audits’ analysis an area of particular concern is identified, and a further detailed study undertaken. The in-depth study results in a series of proposed interventions in the process and execution of infrastructure renewal with a view to ascertaining a way to mitigate the negative impacts of this effect on community infrastructure and on society. A further audit will be undertaken where these proposals feed this back into the audit and a potential more sustainable alternative future is modelled.