A group of CBESS and RESILCOAST researchers are currently on a field trip to South Walian saltmarshes.
On Saturday 14 March, the Cambridge Coastal Research Unit put on a display and activities as part of the University of Cambridge Science Festival. Masterminded by CBESS’s Dr Iris Moeller, and with old CBESS hand Ben Evans on parade, the activities were entitled ‘Splash and Squelch’ and held in the Department of Geography.
Bangor Science festival (‘Hidden Worlds’) 2015 was a great success with over 750 visitors overall!
At the end of January, the University of St Andrews teamed up, once again, with St Leonard’s High School in St Andrews to deliver a field trip for their International Baccalaureate students.
The terrestrial laser scanner, or TLS, represents the latest tool in remote sensing. With dimensions similar to that of a large suitcase, the TLS uses precise laser light to return a panoramic 3D point model of the surrounding landscape. The end scan is detailed (50,000 points per second), far ranging (with a range of 300 meters) and rapid (scans take less than 5 minutes).
The Redeker Lab at the University of York is leading a study that compares seasonal, climate-impacting behaviour between natural and human created (aka: realigned) salt marshes for four natural/realigned pairings in Essex. These sites include marshes that have recently been developed and those accidentally created over 100 years ago.
Large-scale flume experiment shows that salt marshes reduce the height of waves during storm surge conditions by nearly 20%
The team at the University of Southampton have spent the last few months busily working away processing samples for macro fauna abundance and biomass.
Since the summer campaign in 2013, Bangor-CEH people have been spending their time predominantly sorting the samples collected during the summer campaign.
Natural England has recently published a selection of guides for The Mosaic Approach; a key component of species conservation strategy and delivery of Biodiversity 2020. Natural England is embedding the approach within conservation delivery mechanisms and would encourage others to do likewise in order to protect and enhance England’s species. Continue reading