RESPONSE European Project Maps 2006-2009

Funded by the European Union’s LIFE-Environment Programme (DG Environment) for sustainable development 

Responding to the risks from climate change on the coast

A three-year project launched in December 2006, and led by the Isle of Wight Council, this project’s multi-national partnership comprised nine local Partner organisations in Italy, France, Poland and the UK, including SCOPAC.

The RESPONSE Project demonstrated regional-scale mapping of coastal evolution and risks, taking account of the impacts of climate change. It also examined the current and future costs of coastal natural hazards, to encourage cost-effective solutions. Issues addressed by the RESPONSE Project include:

1) The impacts of climate change for coastal communities;
2) Erosion, landsliding and flooding hazards now and in the future;
3) Identifying areas of increasing risk;
4) Advising decision-makers on managing coastal and climate change.

More about the RESPONSE Project


Wight Centre for the Coastal Environment, UK


Nine Partner organisations in the United Kingdom, Italy, France and Poland have participated in the project:

  1. Isle of Wight Centre for the Coastal Environment, Isle of Wight Council, (UK);
  2. Instituto di Ricerca per la Protezione Idrogeologica (IRPI), Consiglio Nazionale della Ricerche (CNR), Perugia (IT);
  3. Bureau de Recherches Gèologiques et Minieres (FR);
  4. Regione Marche, Autorità di Bacino Regionale (IT);
  5. Provincia di Macerata (IT);
  6. Provincia di Pesaro e Urbino (IT);
  7. Scarborough Borough Council (UK);
  8. Maritime Office in Gdynia (Urzad Morski w Gdyni), (PL);
  9. SCOPAC Regional Coastal Group, central-southern coast of England, (UK)


The project was funded by the European Union’s LIFE-Environment Programme (DG Environment) for sustainable development.


The project produced four key resources:

  1. A Training Pack detailing the process of producing maps showing future coastal evolution and risk increase for decision markets;
  2. A non-technical Good Practice Guide to assist end-users with best practice to reduce risks in developed coastal areas in a sustainable way;
  3. A CD-Rom which presents information and background reports produced as part of the RESPONSE Project, including documents prepared by the Study Areas;
  4. A 15-minute DVD providing a concise introduction to the issues of coastal risk management and climate change.

Project details and the outputs listed above are no longer available online

Whilst many of the project outputs are no longer available online, we are pleased to be able to offer copies of the maps produced by the project.

Maps download in PDF format and each will open in a new window; files range in size from 3Mb – 8Mb:

Map 1a. Coastal Landforms


Map 1b. Coastal Processes


Map 2. Coastal Defence Management Types and Practices


Map 3. Current and Historic Natural Hazards


Map 4a. Coastal Assets and Population


Map 4b. Environmental Assets


Map 5. Coastal Behaviour Systems


Map 6. Potential Coastal Hazards


Map 7a. Potential Coastal Risk – Business as usual scenario


Map 7b. Potential Coastal Risk – Climate change and loss of defences


Map 8. Summary of Potential Coastal Hazards


Map 9. Planning guidance for the SCOPAC coastline

Map 9 Planning guida nce for the SCOPAC coastline