november, 2018

29nov7:30 pm8:30 pmEcology in the Pub: A look at how climate change may affect the Edinburgh shoreline


Event Details

CIEEM Scotland and the Edinburgh Shoreline project are delighted to present our first “Ecologists in the pub” session.
Come along to this informal session to hear two award-winning speakers present about climate change adaptation, coastal erosion, habitat creation and coastal infrastructure – and what all this may mean for the Edinburgh shoreline. A social event with a difference – not to be missed!

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Speakers: Jim Hansom MA, PhD, FRSGS, FRGS is Reader, School of Geographical & Earth Sciences, University of Glasgow and Professor of Geography,University of Canterbury, New Zealand.
Mairi MacArthur BSc MSc, is a PhD student in the School of Geographical & Earth Sciences at the University of Glasgow.

Climate change matters, not only because sea levels and flood frequencies are changing, but also because in many countries modern society is built on the assumption that they wouldn’t. The problem is that some of the greatest climate change impacts are anticipated at the coast. Coastal erosion and associated coastal flooding is increasingly emergent as an important risk for sustainable coastal planning and development. Governments and their agencies are under mounting pressure to produce contingency and adaptation plans aimed at enhancing the resilience of natural and built assets and infrastructure at the coast and reduce the prospect of increased erosion and flood risk.

The aim of the event is to outline the extent of the problem on the Scottish coast and explore both the strategic options available for adaptation as well as the more detailed aspects of how to make existing or planned coastal defence structures more environmentally friendly.

Jim Hansom is a coastal geomorphologist interested in coastal erosion and has published over 100 academic papers and 4 books. He is the Principal Scientist on the Scottish Government Dynamic Coast Project which in 2017 published the first nationwide assessment of coastal erosion in Scotland. For more details please visit

Mairi MacArthur is a coastal biogeomorphologist with interests in climate change adaptation and creating new habitat for species on coastal infrastructure. Her research has been published in both the Sunday Times and Concrete Magazine and a recent academic paper alongside Jim Hansom was awarded the Halcrow Prize for best academic paper in the Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers- Maritime Engineering journal.


(Thursday) 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm


The Black Fox by the Shore

The Black Fox by the Shore, 48-52 Constitution Street, Leith, EH6 6RS


Edinburgh Shoreline

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