18 August 2014
GCU researchers have expertise in erosion control
Experts from Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) have been enlisted to help establish evidence of coastal erosion and to make recommendations to tackle the problem in the Dumfries and Galloway area around Carsethorn.
With funding from Kirkbean Community Council, GCU’s Drs Slobodan Mickovski and Martin Cullen are analysing the coastal profile using 3D scanning tools to model the coastline and to compare it with historical maps and data to establish if there is a significant problem due to changing environmental issues.
Their work is being supported by engineering students who have come to GCU to study in the UK from Brazil on Science without Borders scholarships.
Coastal erosion is the wearing of land and the removal of beach sediments by wave action, tidal currents, wave currents, and high winds. Only a small proportion of the region's coastline has coastal protection or flood defences. While barriers can cause water to move around an area, the impact can be greater around the coast as waves gain energy and power.
Dr Cullen says: “Environmental issues including rising tides, substantial winds and a greater dynamic force of waves are affecting coastal parts by impacting on water levels. Carsethorn has seen high water levels than expected. Using topography we are mapping the coastline and then can work out whether there are materials or plants that can stabilise soils in this area of coast.”
Drs Cullen and Mickovski have significant expertise in geotechnical engineering, erosion control, soil stabilisation, geothermal energy, canals, ports and harbours, flood prevention systems and geospatial engineering.