Climate Change Experts Flood to St. Andrews
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
North East Fife and surrounding areas of coastline were the focus of delegates attending a recent climate change conference held in St Andrews.
The three-day conference, hosted by Fife Coast and Countryside Trust saw experts from across the North Sea region meet to review innovative work developed by Abertay University on behalf of the Trust.
Experts from Holland, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Belgium and the UK were given the chance to tour the local area and view some of the innovative interactive visualisation work developed by Abertay University. The computer modelling programme creates 3D visuals and demonstrates the effect of climate change on the Eden Estuary and surrounding coastline.
The event was the fifth trans-national meeting of the Sustainable Coastal Development in Practice (SUSCOD) – a partnership project which brings regional authorities in six North Sea countries together to build tools and expertise for the sustainable development of precious coastal zones.
Amanda McFarlane, chief executive of Fife Coast and Countryside Trust said “We were delighted to welcome our partners from across the North Sea Region to Fife. We hoped to take them on a tour of the area and show them some of the work we have already done to try to preserve the areas’ natural heritage.
“We were also delighted that we were joined by delegates from another EU project called BLAST. The two projects have linkages and we felt that a joint meeting would ensure that we are working together on finding innovative solutions to coastal issues. We have a busy agenda and we hope that projects such as SUSCOD and BLAST are able to make a real difference to coastal communities throughout the North Sea region”.