Top image credit: Meghan Alexander and Jordi Pages Fauria

Save our seaside town!

Together with our sister project RESILCOAST, we have toured the UK with our novel and interactive outreach activity which aims to that demonstrate the value of working with nature to protect against coastal erosion and flooding

The main activity consists of two wave tanks with raised platforms to emulate the coast and we encourage the public to become ‘wave makers’ and recreate storm conditions using a plunger.

School children using a tank demonstrating flood defences with legoOne tank has a village made of Lego on its platform and visitors are encouraged to protect the town from the waves using a hard defence (a lego sea wall) or saltmarsh (a piece of artificial grass). The activity demonstrates the effectiveness of grasses like those found on saltmarshes, to attenuate wave energy, thus protecting the shore.

Children using a tank to demonstrate flood defences using sandThe second tank explores saltmarsh sediment type and visitors are asked to build castles out of sand and clay. The castles are placed on the platform and subjected to the waves to demonstrate that because clay particles are smaller, they have tighter bonds that keep the sediment together more strongly than sand. This means that when saltmarshes are established on clay, they are more stable and better able to protect the coastline.
The tanks have proven popular with children and adults alike.

Previous CoastWEB outreach events

A banner with green man, pint of science, soapbox science logos
  • Pint of Science – Blanes, Catalonia, Spain, 21st May 2019
  • Einstein’s Garden science stall, Green Man Festival, Brecon Beacons, Wales, 15-19th August 2018.
  • The Wash Wild Seas Week, Norfolk Wildlife Trust Visitor Centre, Norfolk, England, 10th August 2018.     
  • National Eisteddfod of Wales, Cardiff, 4-7th August 2018.
  • Language Feast, Science adventure, Bangor, Wales, 27th June 2018.
  • Institute for Civil Engineering (ICE), Wales, 19-21st June 2018
  • Volvo Ocean Race, “Big Schools Day”, Severn Estuary Partnership, Cardiff, 6th June 2018.
  • Laugharne community talk, Laugharne, Wales, 5th June 2018.
  • Pint of Science – Blanes, Catalonia, Spain, 16th May 2018
  • Pint of Science, Cardiff, Wales, 15th May 2018.
  • Pint of Science, Cambridge, 14th May 2018.
  • Eisteddfod yr Urdd, Buith Wells, Wales, 28 May - 2 June 2018.
  • Cambridge Science Festival, Cambridge, England, 17th March 2018.
  • Hidden Worlds Exhibition, Bangor Science Festival, Bangor, Wales, 10th March 2018.
  • National Eisteddfod, Anglesey, Wales, August 2017.
  • Soapbox Science, Cardiff, Wales, June 2017.
  • Hidden Worlds, Bangor, Wales, March 2017.

NERC UnEarthed Exhibition, Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh, Scotland, November 2017

Montage of images from Unearthed Outreach event  Montage of pictures from UnEarthed outreach event