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Ocean and Earth Science, National Oceanography Centre Southampton

Research project: Impacts of W class ferries on saltmarsh erosion

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An assessment of the effect of larger ferries on an erosional saltmarsh habitat.

The Lymington estuary has suffered considerable losses of habitat (salt marsh) and intertidal flats over the last 30 years. There is now a net export of material where once the estuary imported. The forces that have most effect on intertidal stability are likely complex in both space and time, but fears have been raised that the installation of new, larger, W class ferries may contribute to increased habitat loss.

This is an ongoing project.

Funding agency: Lymington River Association

Associated organisations: Lymington Royal Yacht Club and Lymington River Association.

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