3. Secondary data
Geological maps are useful to help explain the formation of large scale coastal landforms.
The BGS Map Viewer allows students to access Bedrock and Superficial Geology Maps for the whole country.
Waves are important agents of coastal change. They are strongly influenced by wind speed and direction. To understand the processes at work in a coastal area it is necessary to understand the prevailing wind direction. Earth is an interactive virtual globe showing live wind and wave maps.
Weather and climate
Met Office Regional Climate Data provides long term wind data for the various regions of the UK including wind rose diagrams for wind speed and direction.
Coastal flooding is a significant hazard to many living in coastal areas.
Both sites also contain details about coastal defences and Shoreline Management Plans (SMPs).