Beaches in British Columbia see frequent visitors every year, but as the topic of climate change intensifies, so has the concern of coastal erosion.
"Essentially what happens when we have an erosive event is the water level gets high enough on a beach to start to wear away the beach surface or the land surface in behind it," says Ian Walker, associate professor of geography at the University of Victoria.
Walker was recently awarded an $80,000 grant from the Canada Foundation for Innovation to help equip a coastal erosion and dune dynamics lab research unit.
Walker says coastal erosion is a widespread problem along Canada's low-lying and most populated coastlines and the research will help communities prepare for and adjust to the coastal impacts of climate change.
"I think we’re at sort of the cusp in terms of our perception of coastal erosion as an issue, and again in a country with the largest coastline in the world and 80 percent of it sinking, it’s something we really need to be paying attention to,” adds Walker.
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