Dynamic coasts

"The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever."

Jacques Cousteau

Rationale

With increasing pressures on Earth’s marine environment, Dynamic Coasts provides the underpinning biological, ecological, and sociological knowledge to support sustainable Blue Growth whilst inspiring the next generation.

From the first time a child runs down a beach, to sailing, diving, fishing or just observing and dreaming, the coastal seas are most peoples’ immediate experience of the oceans.

Dynamic Coasts brings together many SAMS researchers, post-docs and support scientists who collectively undertake vital research to improve our understanding of these waters. Our research spans the biology of individual species to the ecosystem impacts of climate change and social and economic studies of how human communities interact with the coastal seas.

Research, teaching and outreach are integrated so that our work inspires the next generation. Ensuring that our knowledge does not remain locked within academia, but is effectively communicated to a wide audience, is a key objective of Dynamic Coasts.

These activities not only advance scientific knowledge, but support a wide-range of stakeholders by providing authoritative evidence, analysis and advice for coastal management. With increasing pressures on Earth’s marine environment, Dynamic Coasts provides the underpinning biological, ecological and sociological knowledge to support sustainable Blue Growth whilst inspiring the next generation.  

 

Our expertise

Since the 1970s we have been studying the fundamentals of changing physics, chemistry and biology of marine systems and increasingly contribute to scientific predications of future scenarios. We have expertise in monitoring the consequences for climate change in marine ecosystems with international leadership in the North Atlantic and Arctic, through to local Scottish coastal systems.

 

Dynamic Coasts leaders

Dr Clive Fox

Dr Suzi Billing