|Erosion at Whitecliff Bay, Isle of Wight|
Dr Steve Fletcher from the Centre for Conservation Ecology and Environmental Change presented his research on coastal adaptation to climate change to a joint meeting of the Royal Geographical Society and The Tourism Society, on 1 October 2008. Coastal erosion is thought to affect up to 70% of sandy beaches worldwide, which can create major problems for tourism infrastructure and the safety of visitors to coastal sites. Through the use of a range of examples, Dr Fletcher illustrated the need for the tourism sector to adapt to climate change as well as some of the opportunities that may become available, particularly on eroding coastlines. This meeting was a part of the prestigious ‘Environment and Society Forum’ series, which gathers influential policy makers, practitioners and academics to discuss contemporary environmental issues facing society.
Coastal erosion creating access problems for a beach café, Whitecliff Bay, Isle of Wight
Cliff erosion causing safety concerns for coastal visitors, Whitecliff Bay, Isle of Wight