Keynote Hall 1

Keynote Theatre

Thursday 13th October


11.00 - 11.30

Stephen Fort

The Importance of Geology and Geotechnics on Coast Protection and Slope Stabilisation

The presentation will focus on the importance of understanding the influence of geology and geotechnics through appropriate investigation and design. This is required to inform the selection, design, construction and future resilience of a scheme. Through a number of case studies, the influence of the three E’s – engineering, environment and economics - will be described, all of which need to be satisfied to ensure the success of a project


11.45 - 12.15

Dr Shunqi Pan

Impact of Sea Level Rise on Welsh Coasts

With the commonly accepted Sea Level Rise predicted by IPCC and UKCP and the increase of the storm frequency and severity, the low-lying cities and towns along the Welsh coasts are under increasing threats from the risk of coastal erosion and flooding. This seminar is to present the results of flood dynamics predicted from the state-of-the-art computer model for the Welsh coasts, particularly with the detailed flood maps and analysis in the flood-prone area centred at Rhyl in north Wales.


12.30 - 13.00

Innes Thomson

Partnership working – investing in the right delivery model

The Environment Agency is reducing its involvement with medium and low consequence flood risk systems and assets, and significant steps have been taken in the last 12 months to encourage others such as Internal Drainage Boards and Local Authorities to take over the maintenance and operation of these systems and assets. This seminar examines the progress made in finding the right delivery models through the creation of partnership working arrangements.


13.15 - 13.45

Benjamin King

De-risking Offshore Renewables Projects by Lifetime Consideration of Environmental Constraints

Environmental considerations can place considerable design constraints and result in onerous financial burdens on offshore projects if not properly planned and managed. Continued consideration of environmental constraints can have significant project de-risking and cost saving benefits


14.00 - 14.30

Dr Uwe Dornbusch

Present and Future Challenges of Beach Management in England

Following a brief description of beach management practices, the presentation will focus on future constraints in continuing with these.


14.45 - 15.15

Dr Sabine E Apitz

Sustaining Land and Waterscapes: Informing Equitable Decisions

The has been an evolution of landscape and coastal management frameworks, from engineering-based, focusing mainly on economics and risk, to trade-off-focused, considering stake holder’s values and equity of impacts. What are meaningful and measurable attributes of sustainable managements, and what is being sustained? TO what extent do current decisions frameworks allow sustainability as a decision criterion rather than a post-hoc justifications? Merging tools and approaches and continuing challenges will be discussed.


15.30 - 16.00

Professor Roger A. Falconer

Tidal Energy: Challenges and Opportunities

The current opportunities for developing tidal renewable energy around the coast of Wales and the South West of England will be reviewed. Various alternative and complementary options will be discussed including: tidal stream turbines, impoundments and barrages. Emphasis will focus on assessing the potential hydro-environmental impact of various schemes on the Severn Estuary and Bristol Channel, with particular consideration of a novel tidal energy scheme, which addresses many environmental concerns raised to-date.