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Simon Read: Art and the Saltmarsh seminar at UCL
Thames Estuary Partnership, Wednesday 11th March 2015, Lecture Theatre G6, Institute of Archaeology, University College London (UCL) WC1H 0PY.

Simon Read: Art and the Saltmarsh

A seminar/presentation by Simon Read for the Thames Estuary Partnership, Wednesday 11th March, Lecture Theatre G6, Institute of Archaeology, University College London (UCL) WC1H 0PY.
 
Through the early years of this century, the stability of the intertidal zone has increasingly become a major preoccupation for coastal and estuary communities worldwide. Beyond its unique identity as a transitional habitat, this frequently uncelebrated environment is also a buffer zone between the security of settled territory and its potential to be compromised by erosion and coastal flooding.

Saltmarsh is a vital component of the intertidal zone, a highly sensitive ecosystem that can only thrive within a very particular cycle of tidal inundation and exposure. For various reasons including environmental change, this is in a beleaguered state; if it continues to deteriorate, not only would the future of the whole ecosystem be jeopardized, but also our coastal communities would become increasingly exposed to extreme weather events.

The intertidal zone is a barometer of environmental change; although it may not be widely appreciated, this sensitivity is evident upon our local estuary systems, just as it has become more dramatically apparent for those more remote communities living on the frozen front line. This heightened awareness of indicators of change has prompted initiatives to explore ways to invest in the revival and propagation of healthy saltmarsh systems at a local, regional and national level.

This is an opportune moment to review what has been achieved through scientific research and community partnership, share lessons learned and continue to work towards understanding and realizing equilibrium in our coastal environment through well informed low-key interventions.

The Thames Estuary Partnership is a charity which brings Thames Estuary stakeholders  together to work towards the best social, economic and environmental outcomes for the Thames. Our network runs from Teddington in west London to the North Sea. We are based in University College London.