The shoreline is a highly dynamic land-sea interface that provides important services such as ecology, floodprotection and recreation. It is constantly modified by wind, waves and tides, and impacted by human activity.Hence, the decadal change of shorelines reflect natural processes as well as human influence, whether positiveor negative. Climatic-driven changes such as sea level rise, higher waves and changes in wind direction putincreasing pressure on many of Europe's shorelines.Knowing how, and at what rate, our coasts are changing is the first step to successfully managing them. Thenew EMODnet Geology shoreline-migration map, released today, allows users to visualise pan-European coastalbehaviour for 2007-2017 at different spatial scales. A built-in search and zoom functionality allows online usersto distinguish areas of landward migration (erosion or submergence), stability, and seaward migration (accretionor emergence). The underlying, downloadable satellite-based dataset offers additional information on annualvalues and uncertainty.With the new map, international policy makers can determine large-scale coastal vulnerability while nationaland regional coastal managers are able to fill existing gaps in field-monitoring data and to identify potentialareas of rapid change. The map also provides the general public with a useful insight into one of Europe's mostobvious climate-change effects. Most importantly, scientists may explain spatial patterns and provide feedbackon methodological advantages as well as shortcomings, thus helping to optimise the big-data methodology used.
Coastal migration via satellite data