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iCOASST

iCOASST for end-users

As the iCOASST project concludes (in July 2016), the joint Defra/EA Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management R & D programme is now funding a package of work to encourage uptake of the iCOASST deliverables and lessons into practice.

The main output from this work will be a package of end user focused reporting and guidance that clearly describes:

  • What is the iCOASST project?
  • What are the different elements covered by iCOASST (maps, models, indicators) and how do they all link together?
  • How ready are the models/tools for end-user application?
  • What difference can the project outputs make to the quality of coastal management planning and decision making in the UK?
  • Who should use the outputs, how, when and why?

The guidance will also report on a study being undertaken by HR Wallingford to explore how sensitive coastal flood risk might be to long term morphological change on the coast, given different climate and coastal management scenarios. This will help end-users evaluate the benefits of including coastal morphological change as inputs to coastal flood risk modelling in the future, and provide guidance on how this might be done.

The ambition is for the guidance to serve two key levels of user:

  1. The generally interested member of the coastal management community including local stakeholders and coastal risk management authority managers
  2. Coastal engineers who are not experts in modelling and may not use the models themselves but need to understand the concepts and outputs, and how they might be used to improve decision making.

This website hosts the models themselves and provides links to detailed user guides to support the coastal modelling community who want detailed information on how to run the models and generate outputs.