Saltmarsh from above
Image credit: Merryn Thomas

Valuing the contribution which coasts make to human health and wellbeing, with a focus on alleviation of coastal hazards

CoastWEB studies the health and wellbeing benefits we derive from our coasts and specific coastal ecosystems such as saltmarshes using a truly interdisciplinary approach including environmental science, environmental economics, environmental and social psychology, art, policy and governance. The project is funded by the UK Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) under the Valuing Nature Programme.

Photo of trees at a salt marsh

About the project

Between 2016 and 2020, CoastWEB will holistically value the contribution which coastal habitats (including saltmarshes) make to human health and wellbeing, with a focus on the alleviation of coastal natural hazards and extreme events. [Read more...]

Outreach stand at a festival


The CoastWEB project has included several outreach events including attendance at the Green Man Festival which featured an interactive exhibit which encouraged festivalgoers to think about sea level rises and flood defences. [Read more...]

Panoramic illustration of a saltmarsh at high tide

What are saltmarshes?

Coastal ecosystems, including saltmarshes, provide society with a wide range of ecosystem service and benefits. Saltmarshes provide protection from coastal erosion and flooding, support a diverse range of flora and fauna, provide nursery habitats for fisheries, act as carbon stores mitigating against the impacts of climate changes and provide us with stunning landscapes for recreation, artistic and spiritual inspiration. [Read more...]