The Coastal and Marine Research Group is part of the Royal Geographical Society (RGS). The RGS is a learned society and professional body for geography and geographers. Founded in 1830, it is a world centre for geography: supporting research, education, expeditions and fieldwork, and promoting public engagement and informed enjoyment of our world. The Coastal and Marine Research Group (CMRG) was formed in 2004 and recently granted full research group status by the RGS in 2010.
Following the achievement of ‘full’ research group status, the CMRG is entering a new phase. This article aims to update you about some latest developments, and also to invite you to express your interests and play a role in the development of the research group.
Firstly, we’re glad to announce the launch of our new website, http://coastalmarineresearchgroup.wordpress.com/ where you can find details of the group’s initiatives thus far and contact details. This is one of a number of vehicles which we plan to use to build contacts amongst the group. Look out for the monthly profiles of group members and please consider if this is an opportunity you want to use to promote your research or studies.
One highlight of our year is the Royal Geographical Society Annual Conference, which in 2014 is on 26-29 August in London – see http://www.rgs.org/HomePage.htm. This year we have scheduled a session on ‘Ecosystem based management’ and joint session with the Planning and Environment Research Group on ‘The impact agenda and science-policy collaboration.’ In addition, the 2nd Marine and Coastal Policy Forum will take place on 18-20 June 2014 in Plymouth, UK as a jointly badged event with Plymouth and CRMG.
A characteristic of the group that we are particularly proud of is the way in which we span human, physical and cultural branches of geography and include practitioners working on applied topics in oceans and coasts. Our next annual general meeting will be at the annual conference, and we welcome all those with an interest in researching oceans and coasts to attend and consider playing a role on the committee.
The Coastal and Marine Research Group always welcomes new members. If you are a member of the RGS, you can join our group by completing the online application form available on the CMRG website. If you are not a member of the RGS, you can still join the group for free by e-mailing Tim Stojanovic (email@example.com).
Paul Rooney (Secretary and Liverpool Hope University) and Tim Stojanovic (Chair and St Andrew’s University) – Coastal and Marine Research Group
We have a strong link with the EUCC. Our members attend and present at conferences. We regularly publish EUCC news and updates in our newsletters. We are also the initial correspondents for the European Dune Network (EDN).
You can find out more about the EUCC and our involvement with the European Dune Network here, as well as the EUCC link to the left hand side of the page.
The new website for the German Beach and Dune Network www.eucc-d.de/duenennetzwerk.html is now live. This website can also be translated if you are using Google Chrome or a recent version of Internet Explorer. Coastal Union Germany operates the same way the Sand Dune and Shingle Network does by bringing people together to establish a resource for expert knowledge. Just like the Sand Dune and Shingle Network, the German Dune Network supports the exchange of knowledge and support for activities that promote the natural dynamics of coastal habitats and their quality. For more information please visit the website or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Links to work in Poland
Tomasz Łabuz of the Institute of Marine Sciences at the University of Szczecin has an interesting age on all aspects of the geomorphology of Polish dunes. Information can be found at http://polishdunes.szc.pl/. There is also information available on a long-term research project Foredunes environment location, morphodynamics and vegetation – the biodiverse habitat of the Polish coast (FoMoBi) at http://en.fomobi.pl/
You can find more about Tomasz's projects here also at the following link. http://bramaswiny.szc.pl/
Networking with Geo allows a collaborative approach to sustainable development for sand dune environments. You can find more about GEO on the www.golfenvironment.org website.
The project, funded by Community Fund LIFE + Nature and Biodiversity aims at protecting the priority habitat consisting of coastal dunes with Juniperus ssp., which is one of the most endangered habitats in the EU, in the following SCI (Sites of Community Importance) - See more at: http://www.providune.it/en/public/home#sthash.25wL0PaD.dpuf
The project comprises the following types of actions: Preparatory: collection of botanical and sedimentary data (on coastal and dune erosion processes). Conservation: actions to preserve the plants in dune habitats, bio-engineering schemes to protect the habitat, creation of pedestrian walkways and vehicle parking areas to regulate access etc. Awareness-raising and dissemination of results: education and information targeting tourists, schools and all stakeholders.