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New research to study cost of coastal flooding in UK

Staff Writer |
Researchers from the University of Lincoln are embarking on a major new study to work out the true economic cost of coastal flooding in the UK.

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The study, delivered in collaboration with farmers operating in and around the Lincolnshire Wash, is being funded by the University of Lincoln. Flooding, including coastal flooding, is expected to become more of a feature of life in Britain.

With sea levels on the rise and the forecast for shifting rainfall patterns suggesting much of Britain will receive more rain, falling less often but in heavier downpours.

The Lincoln project will be led by Dr Gary Bosworth, a leading specialist in the resilience of rural economies based in Lincoln’s new School of Geography.

He will be supported by Dr Iain Gould, a soil scientist from the Lincoln Institute for Agri-food Technology based at the University’s Riseholme Campus and Dr Zhongwei Xing, an economist from Lincoln International Business School.

The team of scientists and economists will consider the potential economic impact caused by coastal flooding, including the long-term effects of increased levels of soil salinity on agricultural land.

This will include modelling future scenarios of potential sea level rises and the impact this will have on soil salinity levels in England’s east coast.

The results will be freely available and be used to engage policy stakeholders to provide an independent assessment of flood defence strategies and potential mitigation strategies in the Wash region.

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