Study of art helps understanding of coastal change

Around the coastline of the British Isles there are few locations where accurate measurement and monitoring of coastal change has been taking place for more than a decade.  Studies by The Crown Estate have examined the potential for using art to support scientific tools, by providing a much longer term perspective to our understanding of coastal change. Following on from studies of the English coast, The Crown Estate has now published a report on ‘Art as a tool in support of the understanding of coastal change in Wales’. This study of Welsh coastal art has demonstrated that there is a rich heritage of landscape paintings, watercolour drawings and prints, as well as historical literature accounts, which can be used by those involved in coastal management to support a more sustainable approach to its planning and management.  A further report has been published for coastal change in Scotland.  These studies by Professor Robin McInnes and Sarah Benstead can be downloaded from this link.

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