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Investigation in to Shoreline Management Plans, and analysing many beaches along the North Norfolk Coast.

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Introduction

In this investigation, I have been looking at Shoreline Management Plans and have visited and analysed many beaches along the North Norfolk Coast. (See Introduction). The coastal zone is a complex scene of many different and often interdependent natural processes. These need to be understood if effective management is to take place. That is why I studied a large number of different beaches so that I can compare the area and their Shoreline Management Plans. The coastal zone is also an area where natural and human processes meet. These have an impact on each other and changes can result because of this. Many different groups, (e.g. DEFRA), use and have responsibility for these coastal areas and this can cause conflicts of interest, hence careful management is necessary. There are many different approaches to managing the coastline and many strategies within these approaches. Management varies from place to place. We need to be able to choose the right management strategy for each individual case. Action on one part of the coastline can have major impacts, often unfavourable, on another part. ...read more.

Middle

I was aware already that there are many different reasons for this and can now verify what they are. Why Are The Coastlines Managed? A high proportion of the world's population live in towns and cities located on the coast. In some places this is a large number, for example 1,170 people in Bacton whereas in some places it is a lot less. E.g. 340 people in Trimingham. Many people depend on the sea for their livelihood such as fishing and port activities. See Fig. 17 showing fishing boats in Sherringham. Also, properties along or close to the coast need to be protected from the dangers of flooding or cliff collapse. See Fig. 6. It shows active mudflow in Happisburgh as well as Fig. 22, which is sketch map of Clifton Way showing the house on top of a cliff top, in danger of cliff collapse. Conversely, Bracton is not in any danger of slumping the cliffs there are low cliffs. Bracton needs protecting due to the Bracton Gas Terminal, they can't risk having the gas pipes ruptured. The Bracton Coast is 'Dynamic,' the coast is never the same, it is always changing. ...read more.

Conclusion

A lot of my aims have already been answered in my Analysis and Explanation. For example "Why do they sometimes do nothing?" However, despite this investigation being a success, there are many things I could have done to either improve it or extend it further. I could have looked at old maps, perhaps showing land use and compared it to today's maps. Maybe they would have shown some differences and what consequences the coastal processes really have on the coastal environment. Also, a lot of my information was extracted from my beach sketches and field notes. However, there may been something that I did not notice and therefore it wouldn't have shown up in my sketches. On the other hand, I overcame this problem by taking lots of photographs and comparing them to the sketches. However, even the photographs had many limitations. The weather may have affected the result of the photograph as well as the time of day. Overall, most of my data that I collected was useful and I used it as best as I could. There were many things that I did not use as it was not necessary, like the pebble measurements but this did not affect my investigation. Farzana Jalil Langdon Park Secondary School 10526 ...read more.

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