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Coastal Engineering
The coastal environment offers many exciting opportunities and considerable challenges to scientists and engineers – opportunities in the fields of navigation, fishing, minerals, renewable energy, offshore oil and gas extraction, infrastructure and recreation; challenges to understand the many complex processes (hydrodynamic, morphological, biological, social and economic) that shape the coastline, to protect against flooding and erosion, and to ensure that development is not at an unacceptable and unsustainable cost to the environment. One of the great delights of working in this field is its breadth, spanning many traditional subject boundaries and bringing together multi-disciplinary teams. Coastal engineering has played an important part in the life of the department at UCL for many years. While Head of Civil Engineering here 100 years ago, L.F.Vernon-Harcourt was a world-leading designer of harbours, docks and waterways. Fifty years later, Pat Kemp initiated a study of Chesil Beach that set the subsequent direction of