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Yes, we are planning another amazing experiment, to see how strong and stable tidal flat sediments and marsh vegetation really are… watch this space!!
Check out the beautiful documentary on ‘natural coastal protection’ produced by the German/French TV Channel ‘Arte’ and screened last Saturday 21st November. Well worth a look even if you do not understand the languages!: French: http://youtu.be/fh1Bh3MxmKg German: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7YuATQGzjxI
… with an appropriately decorated mortar board – even the mice get a space on it! Congratulations! Well deserved! And a big ‘thank you’ – Without Franziska, the marsh would never have made it to the flume!
The University of Cambridge covered our story last week on its main news page… Check it out on here…: http://www.cam.ac.uk/research/news/salt-marsh-plants-key-to-reducing-coastal-erosion-and-flooding
Wave attenuation over coastal salt marshes under storm surge conditions Iris Möller, Matthias Kudella, Franziska Rupprecht, Tom Spencer, Maike Paul, Bregje K. vanWesenbeeck, GuidoWolters, Kai Jensen, Tjeerd J. Bouma, Martin Miranda-Lange and Stefan Schimmels Nature Geoscience: http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/ngeo2251 And we have … Continue reading
Only a month after completion of our experiment in Hannover, the team of the Cambridge Coastal Research Unit of the Department of Geography find themselves surveying the aftermath of a real storm surge that wrought havoc around the UK east … Continue reading
Apologies to all, who have been following this blog, for a rather late round-up of events in the final stages of the experiment. There is no other excuse than last-minute computer glitches and exhausted scientists! So, now that we are … Continue reading
Now that the storm surge in the wave flume has subsided, the winds are picking up to gale force outside of the flume building… But we have been indoors, inspecting the marsh surface. A number of bare patches give the … Continue reading
We have reached the point in our tests where water is as deep and waves as high as can be expected during a storm surge on the North Sea coast! Nail-biting stuff, as we stand and watch the waves break … Continue reading
With a rather clever instrument, it is possible to measure how ‘healthy’ our plants still are. The PAM (pulse-amplitude-modulation) instrument is used to record the state of the plants’ photosynthesis system. Whether a plant photosynthesises well or not so well depends … Continue reading