CLIFFS public launch meeting and
UKCIP/HC consultation session - 26 October 2005
On Wednesday 26 October a one-day launch meeting of CLIFFS
was held at Holywell Park at Loughborough
University. We identified a number of issues relevant to the network and invited
our core members to address these in short, sharp, thought-provoking
contributions. We also sent out a large number of invitations and the response
was great. If we missed you for some reason and you would like to be included in
our membership database, please send us a message
(firstname.lastname@example.org) and we'll make
certain you'll receive full information of our upcoming activities.
You can look at most of the contributions on our special
launch meeting page.
The launch meeting
joined up with one of the first public consultation
sessions on the next package of climate change information (“UKCIPnext”).
There were excellent presentations by UKCIP and the Hadley Centre introducing
the main issues. This introduction was followed up by an interactive workshop
that provided an opportunity for the delegates to express their data, format and
presentation needs for this new tool.
shortly publish the results of the brainstorming sessions that took place during
the afternoon of the 26th.
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to know more about the workshop and the activities of CLIFFS, please contact
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To kick-start the activities of the CLIFFS network we organised an inception meeting with all core members.
The meeting took place on the 20th of April 2005
at the Department of Civil and Building Engineering, Loughborough University.
Dr Richenda Connell (UKCIP) presented some of the
latest work of the UK Climate Impacts Programme. Her power-point presentation
can be downloaded here.
During the formal network meeting in the afternoon we discussed a range of
for operation of the CLIFFS network
structure and management committee
soliciting additional (associate) members
the network beyond the first three years
contents of a
questionnaire that will solicit the views of core and potential additional
a schedule of
meetings and milestones
a format and
programme for the workshops
inception meeting addressed the content and design of a questionnaire that
will be sent out shortly after the meeting (an electronic version can be
downloaded here). The primary objective of this
questionnaire is to enable all members and potential members to contribute
their views on the challenges (and opportunities) of climate impact
forecasting of slopes. This should enable a degree of convergence in focus and
activities in this multi-disciplinary community.
Meetings of the core members will
be used to ensure coordinated progress of network activities and to provide a
forum for the membership to reflect on the network’s activities including
management issues, stakeholder issues, planning for workshops, formation of
sub-groups to develop focused grant applications and dissemination activities.
When workshops are planned, these
meetings will be held immediately following the workshop at the same venue.
The organisation of themed workshops addressing specific aspects forms the main
activity of the network. These workshops will allow the sharing of expertise and
ideas and will be used to focus and prioritise research, construct appropriate
research teams and develop proposals. They will also be used to keep
stakeholders informed, obtain guidance from them on priorities and address
specific issues raised by the end user community. Each workshops is likely to
take place over two days.
Four themed workshops will be organised over the 3 year project period. The
possibility of holding joint events with learned societies and groups will be
investigated in order to ensure wide participation.
The workshops will address the scientific background
(e.g. aspects of climate change, behaviour of natural and constructed slopes,
remediation, and appropriate land use management) the
(e.g. infrastructure management and design) and the
administrative and economic consequences) of a particular theme.
Major tangible benefits of these workshops will include a series of
state-of-the-art reports and strategy statements, including the potential
options for remediation and appropriate land use management, and will detail
best-practice approaches to deal with the challenges and opportunities
originating from climate change induced changes in slope stability.
At present, it is proposed to pursue the following
Use of climate change
information in slope stability assessments including uncertainty and risk
assessment (informed by CRANIUM project, and UKCIP activities).
groundwater models incorporating climate forecast scenarios.
Impact of climate
change on the magnitude and frequency of cutting and embankment slope failures
(informed by BIONICS project).
Impact of climate
change on the magnitude and frequency of first-time failures and re-activated
failures in natural slopes.
Impact of climate
change on the magnitude and frequency of failures in coastal slopes (informed by
EU Response project).
vegetation on slope stability (linked to BIONICS project, if funded, and EU
appropriate remediation strategies.
presenting and using information on future slope instability, including landside
hazard susceptibility maps related to climate change scenarios, issues of land
use/planning and slope design implications.
It is planned to organise an international symposium in the third year of the
network. This symposium ideally should focus on assessment of the problem,
opportunities and cost of engineering solutions for slope design and management,
and the integration of research and development with the concerns and needs of
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