The ocean is a vital resource for society; it plays an important role in the economy, trading, transport, food and tourism. It is a source of renewable energy, offering potential access to desalinated water extraction, as well as being important for nature and biodiversity.

Fifty percent of the global population lives in urban areas and delta regions near the coast. The effects of climate change on the ocean are impacting their daily lives through rising sea levels, land subsidence, salinisation and extreme weather.

Research done within the coastal and ocean engineering research theme of the Water Innovation and Research Centre (WIRC) @ Bath will help develop better ways to manage these effects on coastal areas today and in the future.