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Title: Using multiple disciplines to investigate coastal storms in the UK : considering environmental records and social perceptions
Author: Holmes, Thomas
ISNI:       0000 0004 7964 5804
Awarding Body: University of York
Current Institution: University of York
Date of Award: 2017
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Global climate change poses risks to the environment and to society. These effects are pertinent on the coast, where projected increases in storm frequency and magnitude threaten low-lying ecosystems and communities. Numerous benefits are derived from coastal ecosystems, which are important to wellbeing, including flood protection, food provision and recreation. Storm effects on coastal ecosystems are highly variable and potential impacts on the non-monetary values and psychological benefits (e.g. restoration) derived from spending time on the coast are little understood. This research considers methods from environmental science and environmental psychology to evaluate storm effects on saltmarshes and how these storms can shape the psychological benefits derived from the coast. Saltmarsh sedimentary analyses alongside quantitative, qualitative and spatial analysis of survey data were employed in two UK coastal areas; Spurn Point (Humber Estuary) and Silverdale (Morecambe Bay). This research highlights the importance of cross-disciplinary approaches to facilitate a holistic understanding and long-term perspective for effective and democratic coastal management.
Supervisor: Selby, Katherine ; Whitmarsh, Lorraine ; Brown, Colin Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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