Integrated and sustainable management of post-industrial coasts

Paul Bardos, K.L. Spencer, Raymond Ward, Barbara Maco, Andy Cundy

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The sustainable management of post-industrial coasts is a major emerging issue globally. Along such coasts, there may be a significant legacy of both contaminated land (including historic landfills and non-managed waste disposal) and contaminated sediments in and around urban and industrial areas, which require new strategies for cost-effective and integrated risk management under future sea-level rise and climate change scenarios. Here, we review current approaches to managing contamination in post-industrial coastlines, discuss emerging integrated management strategies (building on low input approaches to sustainable brownfields regeneration) and present an approach and framework for assessing and comparing different scenarios for coastal brownfield regeneration to soft re-use and other end-points. This framework can be applied to explore the opportunities for synergy and realization of wider environmental, economic and societal benefits between coastal protection, dredged material re-use and the management of brownfield land. As such, the approach we propose supports planning and options appraisal to realize maximum benefit and value from integrated coastal management strategies.

Original languageEnglish
Article number86
JournalFrontiers in Environmental Science
Publication statusPublished - 16 Jun 2020

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© 2020 Bardos, Spencer, Ward, Maco and Cundy. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) and the copyright owner(s) are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.


  • Risk Management
  • coastal management
  • Gentle remediation options
  • Sustainable Remediation
  • Sustainability linkage
  • Coastal landfill sites
  • Phytomanagement
  • Brownfield
  • risk management
  • sustainable remediation
  • brownfield
  • sustainability linkage
  • coastal landfill sites
  • gentle remediation options
  • phytomanagement


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