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Overview of the Estuary Guide

The Estuary Guide aims to provide an overview of how to identify and predict morphological change within estuaries, as a basis for sound management. It is not yet possible and, indeed, may never be possible to make absolute predictions. Rather, it is necessary to identify probable/possible outcomes, as a basis for guiding management actions.

The topic is a huge one and the guide is intended only to provide an introduction to some of the key issues. The guide focuses on providing:

The Guide is:
  • An interactive document supported by a series of searchable tools;
  • An overview of best practice in the field;
  • Based on a collation of industry experience and ongoing research;
  • A vehicle for collation and dissemination of the current outputs of the Estuaries Research Programme (funded by Defra and the Environment Agency since 1998) and other ongoing R&D.
The Guide is not:
  • A prescriptive set of government advice, rather a summary of best practice;
  • A complete and comprehensive guide to estuaries recognising all user perspectives.

Although much of the Guide is generic, the content has been prepared drawing primarily on experience and R&D within the UK.

Information is provided that is of relevance to a variety of ‘user groups’. The benefits that such groups draw from the Guide will depend on their specific role within estuary management. To address this, a series of ‘user profiles’ have been prepared for the following groups:

These user profiles can be accessed using the buttons below. Details are provided of regarding:

It is recommended that these profiles are read prior to entering the Guide itself.

Please select a user category that most suits your requirements.

submit Regulators/ Operators/ Developers

submit Consultants/ Researchers

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Last Modified on: 19 June 2011
Printed from the Estuary Guide on 01/11/2014 00:14:32