Useful Resources

Visit these websites to find out more about the Pathfinder programme, it's partners and issues relating to coastal change on a local, national and international scale. The links are grouped into four categories listed below. This page is continually updated to include the latest videos and online content relevant to coastal change adaptation. 


Coastal Change and Adaptation
Other Pathfinder Projects
Coastal Interest


Coastal Change and Adaptation

National Trust Shifting Shores Report

In 2005 the National Trust published the Shifting Shores report which outilined the increased risks facing many of its coastal properties. This updated report goes into finer detail regarding the Trust's properties in the South West and what adaptive measures are being taken to minimise the risk.

A video has also been produced by the Trust which presents the findings of the Shifting Shores Report:

Living with a changing coastline from National Trust on Vimeo.


Climate SouthWest

An excellent website which offers key advice and resources to businesses in the South West on how to best adapt to the risks that a changing climate present. The focus of Climate SouthWest is " look at the effects and impacts of climate change in the South West and develop adaptation responses across a number of priority sectors."

A useful and informative video has been made in partnership between Climate SouthWest and SouthWest Tourism which demonstrates some proactive businesses stepping up to the challenge by making positive adaptations and benefitting in the process:


Changing Climate, Changing Business (20 minutes) from swtourism on Vimeo.

Please click here to view the Changing Climate, Changing Business 6 minute version


Climate Prepared

This is an 'online toolkit' which is designed for tourism businesses. The toolkit takes them through a step-by-step process of what some of the impacts of extreme weather and climate change are, and what they can do to prepare.


The South West Touirism Alliance

This link highlights the work undertaken by Climate Southwest and Southwest Tourism.


Marine Climate Change Impacts Partnership (MCCIP)

MCCIP exists to provide a co-ordinating framework for the UK to help facilitate the communication of high quality evidence on marine climate change impacts. MCCIP also provides advice and guidance for policy makers and decision-makers regarding climate change adaptation.

UK Climate Projections 2009 (Defra)

National Voice of Coastal Communities (NVCC)

Defra - Managing Flood and Coastal Change

Environment Agency - Why is the Coast Changing?


ACT - the Adaptation to Climate Change Team

A Canadian planning policy initiative based at the Simon Faser University (SFU) studying and developing sustainable options for adapting to the impacts of climate change. This website covers a much wider remit than Pathfinder, but it does include Sea Level Rise. It is interesting to compare the different approaches taken by different nations to this shared issue. The website is in a blog format and it is worthwhile using the search option to find an area of particular interest.  




Environment Agency

Somerset County Council

Sedgemoor District Council

West Somerset Council

National Trust Coastal Policy

Exmoor National Park

Natural England


Other Pathfinder Projects

Chichester - Manhood Peninsula Partnership

East Sussex - Cuckmere Estuary

Great Yarmouth - Scratby

Hampshire - Coastal Communities Adapting to Change (CCATCH)

Hastings (PDF - presentation slides)

Dorset - Jurassic Coast

North Norfolk


Yorkshire - East Riding



Coastal Interest

The Severn Bore