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GeoCoast dataset launch event

BGS invites you to discover more about our new data product to underpin coastal decision making, resilience and adaptation.

Event on 28/04/2022
Spurn Point - iStock
Spurn Point in East Yorkshire, where sea level rise is predicted to completely cut off Spurn Head by 2050 according to modelled UKCP18 climate change scenarios. © iStock

BGS GeoCoast provides an integrated GIS package of datasets designed to inform and support coastal management and adaptation. It provides information on the morphology, behaviour and vulnerability of the coastline, underpinned by its geology and its coastal context (shape; profile; height, etc.), and particularly coastal erosion, inundation and potential subsidence.

In the webinar, you will gain insights into the content of the data and why it is important to understand the natural geological conditions, and learn more about our development of coastal erosion data and its potential uses.

This recorded 30 minute webinar covers:

  • examples of use and applicability
  • GeoCoast development and research
  • GeoCoast features and content
  • Open and Premium products
  • Q&A session with the experts
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A recording of the launch webinar is now available to watch online.

About the BGS GeoCoast data product

BGS GeoCoast offers anyone with assets or an interest in the coastline around Great Britain access to easy-to-use datasets linked to geohazard data. This allows users to interpret potential interdependencies in terms of erosion and future flooding with respect to climate forecasts, habitat and other vulnerabilities. As GeoCoast represents the natural geological coastline as if no coastal defences or made ground are present, the datasets are of particular value in areas where coastal defences are no longer maintained or have never been apparent.

BGS has produced maps showing areas with varying vulnerability to coastal erosion, inundation and groundwater flooding, and potential subsidence. In addition, we have collated data to provide a suite of coastal statistics relative to shoreline management plans and local authoritative regions, a historic images catalogue and a nationwide classification of coastal domains.

These coastal hazards may lead to financial loss for anyone involved in the ownership or management of property or infrastructure, local government and property insurers. In this webinar, we’re bringing together the research scientists and product development experts to provide an introductory overview to the datasets and the science that underpins it.


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