North West Rapid Coastal Zone Assessment
Between August 2007 and September 2009 Archaeological Research Services Ltd carried out, on behalf of English Heritage, a desk based rapid coastal zone assessment of the threat posed to heritage assets on the North West coast by rising sea level and coastal erosion. The North West Rapid Coastal Zone Assessment (NWRCZA) is one of a series of projects initiated by English Heritage around the coasts of England. The brief specifically required that the assessment be undertaken with reference to Defra’s Shoreline Management Plan 2 (SMP 2).
The NWRCZA study has established that many heritage assets in the coastal zone are under threat from rising sea level and also that a number of categories of asset are as yet poorly understood making an evaluation of the threat difficult. A separate project design has been prepared for a Phase 2 of the NWRCZA which includes priorities for rapid field survey as required by the Phase 2 brief supplied by English Heritage which will address these issues.
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