Coastal flood defences in the Eden Estuary

Tuesday 29 April 2014

Eden Estuary

Fife communities are being encouraged to take part in a survey relating to coastal flooding in the Eden Estuary.

Kate Wade, a PhD Student based at the Scottish Oceans Institute, University of St Andrews is seeking to gather people’s preferences for different types of flood management in the Eden Estuary. Towns and attractions including Tentsmuir, Leuchars, Guardbridge and St Andrews border the Eden estuary, however the risk from coastal flooding can affect towns further inland.

The anonymous survey has been produced as part of a research project carried out and funded by the University of St Andrews, University of Stirling and the Marine Alliance for Science and Technology for Scotland (MASTS).

Kate said, “Decisions relating to the building and maintenance of coastal flood defences are generally made by the local authorities and paid for using council tax. This short online survey provides both local communities, and those who regularly visit the Eden estuary, an opportunity to voice their opinion on how they want their council taxes to be spent and potentially influence the development of future coastal flood defences in the estuary.”

The survey begins with a short information video which will provide participants with some background on the estuary, and the different coastal flood defence options available. They will then be asked to compare different management scenarios and state which elements of coastal defence options are important to them, and how this varies depending on the type of flood defence (natural/soft, manmade/hard or combined), what the defences are protecting and the extent of that protection. The survey ends with some questions about the participant and their use of the Eden and its surrounding attractions.

To complete the survey, and for more information, visit

Alternatively, please contact Kate Wade via email [email protected], telephone 01334 463469 or via


Issued by the University of St Andrews Press Office. Contact Victoria Herd on [email protected] or 01334 462530.

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