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Large scale use of muddy dredged material for sustainable flood defence and habitat management - AE0260

Summary Objective:
Building on previous studies, undertake field measurements of key variables (such as waves and tidal currents) which influence the behaviour of muddy material on intertidal ecosystems. Develop a suite of models that can be used to predict the fate of muddy dredged material, placed near-shore for beneficial purposes. Produce a manual on best practice for regulators and other potential users.

Key Customer Purpose:
Assist DEFRA in assessing the potential benefits that can accrue from using muddy dredged material, such as for coastal protection and habitat conservation. Enable the UK to support international and regional conventions that involve dredged material disposal and biodiversity issues (e.g. OSPAR, RAMSAR, Rio and the Biodiversity Convention).
Project Documents
• Final Report - SID5 : Final Report Large scale use of muddy dredged materials for sustainable flood defences and habitat management   (154k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2002

To: 2010

Cost: £531,379
Contractor / Funded Organisations
HR Wallingford Ltd
Environmental Protection              
Marine conservation              
Nature conservation              
Fields of Study
Environmental Protection - Marine