Coastal Impacts Division

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Some facts about the coastline of the United Kingdom:

  • Britain is made up of 6,100 islands, of which 291 are inhabited
  • England and Wales, including their islands, have a coastline of 3240 miles (5214km)
  • Scotland and its islands have a coastline of 5800 miles (9335km)
  • Great Britain has a coastline of 9040 miles (14,549km)
  • There are 5 coastal National Parks and 26 coastal areas of outstanding natural beauty in England, Wales and Northern Ireland
  • England and Wales have 45 Heritage Coasts measuring 950 miles (1,520km)
  • The National Trust owns 555 miles (888 km) of coastline in Britain, and 74% of their coastline is designated Heritage Coast

Aims of the TORRO Coastal Impacts Division

  • To record all weather related coastal impacts in the United Kingdom
  • To research coastal storm climatology, its frequency, magnitude and severity
  • To database all notable coastal storm impacts in the United Kingdom and from European and International TORRO representatives
  • To disseminate this information appropriately

Impact descriptors for recording of events and impacts:

  • accretion
  • breach
  • cliff erosion
  • cliff fall
  • deposition
  • erosion
  • extreme seas
  • flooding
  • high tide
  • high winds
  • landslide
  • overtopping flooding
  • percolation flooding
  • precipitation flooding
  • property damage
  • storm surge
  • structure damage
  • tidal surge
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EROSION

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This picture was taken on Wednesday 23rd November 1938 after 72mph winds and high seas at Southbourne, Dorset.
It is stated before the storm the beach came up to the cross pieces of the huts under structure.
The hut is some 12ft further in the air after the storm!

CLIFF FALLS

EXTREME SEAS

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Bournemouth, Dorset 21st February 1910

DEPOSITION

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Weymouth Preston Beach, Dorset 1899

PLEASE SEND US YOUR RECORDS OF ANY COASTAL IMPACTS - HISTORICAL OR CONTEMPORARY

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Please send any coastal storm pictures, news cuttings, sources of information to:
Robert Doe
TORRO Coastal Impacts Division
PO BOX 5161
Bournemouth
Dorset
BH10 4WJ
United Kingdom

email: Robert Doe