JBA working alongside US Army Corps of Engineers Engineering Research and Development Centre to model coastal nature-based solutions
Written by Dr Doug Pender | Principal Engineer

Coastal ecosystems, such as mangrove forests and coral reefs, are increasingly being adopted as hazard reduction methods in coastal defence strategies. Such strategies fall under the widely adopted concept of Nature Based Solutions and provide a “soft” solution to hazard mitigation. However, uncertainty in the hazard reduction performance means they are typically considered alongside traditional (“hard”) engineering measures.

To improve societal and public resilience and support climate change adaptation, we must move towards more complete NBS strategies where possible.

To support this, we have recently signed a Cooperative Agreement with the US Army Corps of Engineers Engineering Research and Development Centre. This collaborative research project is being led by Dr David Kelly and will focus on using CFD modelling to better understand the interaction of these systems with hydrodynamic processes to allow us to better parameterise these. This will ultimately provide greater confidence in modelling the risk reduction benefits of these systems with coastal management strategies.

Black arrow pointing right
Want to know more?

This project highlights our commitment to ensuring that research and innovation play a central role in our ambition of leading in society’s pursuit of resilience to climate change. Contact Doug Pender to learn more about this project or our Marine and Coastal Risk Management Service.

Cross to close search
Click To:


We use analytics cookies to anonymously track your user journey and interactions with our website. This information is used to help us understand the user experience and to work towards improving the website and the content we publish.


We sometimes make use of third party tracking code to help us determine the succes of any marketing campaigns we might run. This can also be used to ensure you are given content relevant to your interests.

Get in touch…

We'd love to hear from you. Just fill out the form below and a member of our team will be in touch as soon as possible.

Do you have a question or message for |NAME|? Just complete the form below with your information and we'll get back to you as soon as possible.