Regional brochures to outline the geological evolution of coastlines, origins of offshore sand and gravel resources and the influence of waves and tides on both the deposits and the coastline have been created by the British Marine Aggregate Producers Association (BMAPA), the representative body for the marine aggregate sector. The BMAPA worked closely alongside The Crown Estate in order to source and compile the information.
Alongside the above, the scale of marine aggregate dredging that is currently taking place, how this activity is assessed, regulated and monitored, and how similar activities are controlled in other European countries, are also included.
Climate change and extreme weather causing great coastal change
Mark Russell, Director of the BMAPA, said: “With the growing influence of climate change and extreme weather events, the profile and awareness of local coastal change has never been higher. This can sometimes lead to the view that such changes are somehow being influenced by the extraction of marine sand and gravel, despite the fact that dredging takes place in licensed areas well offshore and there are no physical processes that link it to the natural erosion of the coastline that has been occurring since prehistory.”
Responding to the challenges of natural coastal change
“The marine aggregate sector plays a key strategic role responding to the challenges of natural coastal change by supplying sand and gravel to large scale coast defence and beach replenishment projects, with over 38 million t being used for this purpose since 1990,” he added.
Adapted from press release by Katherine Guenioui
Read the article online at: https://www.worldcement.com/europe-cis/28072015/bmapa-publishes-regional-brochures-224/