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Living with coastal erosion in Happisburgh, East Anglia (pt 1/2)

Living with coastal erosion in Happisburgh, East Anglia (pt 1/2)
Key Info
  • Living with coastal erosion in Happisburgh, East Anglia (pt 1/2)
  • Duration: 4:50
  • From the air, it is possible to see why the village of Happisburgh in Norfolk is being consumed by coastal erosion. The coastline on which the village sits is being eroded by the sea at a rate of 12 metres per year. A local resident has been studying the erosion from the air and takes reporter Andrew Marr on an aerial tour of the area. The surrounding land used to be salt marsh but was drained in the 11th century to create new farmland. Includes aerial shots of the remains of the revetments which used to protect the village but have now been all but destroyed by the sea. Further down the coastline other coastal defences - offshore reefs, sea walls - are in use but may be too costly to maintain. Commentary describes the managed retreat policy and its potential implications for this part of the UK. Published as part of the Britain From Above website: Please note this clip is only available in Flash.
  • Subject:



    Coastal Environment: Conflict and Management

  • Keywords: coastline, sea defences, East Anglia, erosion, managed retreat, Norfolk, rural, village, sea level, natural hazards, economics, environment, cliff, beach, BritainFromAbove
Ideas for use in class
  • Useful in the context of a unit on coasts or natural hazards. Could be used to introduce a range of coastal defence measures or to initiate a discussion on managed retreat.
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 16x9

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