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Bulletin - 6th May 2005

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Beaches At Risk project to continue

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An international research programme looking at coastal management on both sides of the Channel is to receive funding for the second of its three intended phases.

The Beaches At Risk (BAR) project aims to identify beaches suffering greatest erosion on both the Channel coasts; assess their susceptibility to the predicted rise in sea level and increased storminess; identify nature-conservation sites that would be lost or damaged as a result (including vegetated shingle and dunes); and identify the risks for coastal management.

Currently this involves eight people at Sussex and many more in the partner organisations in England (including East Sussex County Council) and France (Universities of Rouen, Caen and Dunkerque).

Reports on the findings of Phase I, the first two-year period, will be available soon on the BAR website. Phase II has a total value of just over £2 million and the Geography department, as the project leader, will receive almost £600,000. It involves a much expanded team, including Kent Wildlife Trust and the Syndicat Mixte Pour L'Aménagement de la Côte Picardie. The project network is also expanded, with the addition of many new organisations including engineering consultants and coastal management groups.

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