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Ms Susan Hanson 

Research Fellow

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Ms Susan Hanson is Research Fellow within Engineering and the Environment at the University of Southampton.

Susan has been Researcher in the Civil, Maritime and Environmental Engineering and Science Unit (previously School of Civil Engineering and the Environment) since 2004 and is also a member of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research.   Prior to this she was based in the Flood Hazard Research Centre, University of Middlesex.  Her main area of interest is coastal adaptation to change and has included:




Susan is currently participating in the EC funded THESEUS project which is looking at integrated coastal zone management with an emphasis on coastal risk assessment and mitigation. As part of the project, a systematic approach to understand the flood system is being developed which aims to promote both a low-risk coast for human use and healthy coastal ecosystems.  She is also part of the EPSRC ‘Shipping in Changing Climates' project, looking at the impacts of climate change on land-based shipping infrastructure.

Other recent research has included exposure estimates for large port cities to climate extremes carried out with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) using the global DIVA (Dynamic Interactive Vulnerability Assessment) database, and the benefits of the mitigation of climate change on this exposure as part of the Department of Energy and Climate Change's AVOID programme.

Other recent projects include

  • the costs of adaptation to sea-level rise for the World and Asian Development Banks
  • INTERREG IIIB funded project BRANCH (Biodiversity Requires Adaptation in Northwest Europe under a Changing climate), which investigated the impacts of sea-level rise on designated habitats on the South coast of the UK;
  • CIRCE (Climate change and Impact Research: the Mediterranean Environment) looking at the impacts of sea-level rise;
  • PESETA (Projection of Economic impacts of climate change in Sectors of the European Union based on boTtom-up Analysis) projects;

Susan is also involved in the Tyndall Centre's Research Programme (Cities and Coasts)where she has worked on a number of projects including the development of an outcome-based approach to capturing geomorphological and ecological change for the Coastal Simulator.

Research group

Energy and Climate Change

Affiliate research group

Coastal Engineering and Management

Research project(s)

THESEUS: Innovative technologies for safe European coasts in a changing climate

Shipping in changing climates

Quantifying projected impacts under high end climate change (RISES-AM-)

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Ms Susan Hanson
Engineering, University of Southampton, Highfield, Southampton. SO17 1BJ United Kingdom

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