Our specialists provide an integrated approach to the planning, assessment and management of coastal and marine environments to ensure their sustainable use and protection.
Our specialists create sustainable beach designs and assess the environmental impacts of new coastal developments around the world. We provide experienced advice on the adaptive design of coastal defence structures and landforms to prepare for a changing climate. Managing our marine and coastal environment is essential in today’s world.
More than 70% of the world’s population live along coastal plains and will be vulnerable to increases in sea levels. Despite the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change predicting a worst case scenario of a rise of 59cm by 2100, new evidence shows this estimate may be exceeded twice as fast as predicted.
A changing climate for coastal nations will affect all aspects of modern life for local economies, water resources, flood risk, fisheries and marine habitats. It is important that the impacts of climate change are recognised, resilience built and adaptation strategies are employed.
The eight Millennium Development Goals set a framework for the development activities of more than 190 countries. In response to the loss of global biodiversity, land and marine protection is encouraged through these goals. However despite their importance to the sustainability of fish stocks and livelihoods, only 0.7% of the world’s oceans are protected. At Atkins, we feel protection alone is insufficient – all protected areas must also be managed effectively for conservation and incorporate socio-economic factors to secure sustainable livelihoods.
Marine planning – adapting to a changing political environment
The marine spatial planning process is effective at establishing a balance of the conservation of marine resources with the impact of human activities. The process provides a sound understanding of all human activities in marine areas and sets a comprehensive plan to create a more balanced and sustainable approach to marine resource management, including the development of marine renewable energy.
This integrated approach is currently being implemented in the UK.
We create sustainable beach designs and assess the environmental impact of new coastal developments around the world.
We provide expertise and advice on the adaptive design of coastal defence structures and landforms to prepare for a changing climate using innovative modelling techniques.
Marine environmental assessment and regulatory compliance
We assist clients to meet regulatory requirements and obtain the necessary permits for intertidal, shoreline or offshore developments. We identify the risks and impacts of human activity on the marine environment and develop measures to mitigate them.
Our marine environmental assessment services include:
- Coastal/marine EIA or SEA and environmental appraisals
- Marine habitat surveys
- Coastal water quality assessments
- Design of coastal habitat re-creation, restoration and translocation of species/habitats
Strategic coastal and marine planning
Our team conducts studies and provides strategic advice on coastal and marine management to inform the planning process which helps to clarify objectives, set priorities and direct decision-making.
Our range of strategic studies and planning support includes:
- Coastal strategy studies (UK)
- Integrated coastal zone management (ICZM)
- Shoreline management plans (SMPs)
- Marine spatial planning
- Coastal emergency planning
- Coastal tourism and resort feasibility studies
- Coastal resilience assessments
Future beach design and management
We help to maximise the socio-economic benefits that beaches bring through improving existing management practices to creating new safe beaches.
- Design new sustainable sand and shingle beaches
- Conduct beach safety and risk management studies
- Improve flood defence advice and mitigate coastal erosion
- Provide emergency planning services
- Provide geotechnical engineering
- Provide environmental assessments
For further information, please see our coastal and marine environment brochure
For more information on our work and experience in this sector please contact:
United States of America
Tel: +1 800 477 7275