Centre for Climate and Energy Transformation (CET)
CET Accelerator project

William Helland-Hansen: Coastal change 21st century

Professor William Helland-Hansen's Accelerator project examined the changing shorelines over the next century and resulted in a project application to the Research Council of Norway.

Seed funding helps stimulate new project initiatives for CET affiliated researchers.
William Helland-Hansen

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Helland-Hansen applied for CET Accelerator seed funding for the project Predicting flooding and changing shorelines for the next 100 years of sea-level rise and changing land-use after attending a project workshop at CET in Autumn 2019.

About the project

In this project we aim at creating a forward projection of the global land-water interface for the next 100 years, based on extrapolation of global datasets for subsidence, global sea-level change, sediment supply, sediment distribution, climate, and anthropogenic influence acquired over the last four decades. This is important because existing models for future coastline change at a global scale only includes global sea-level rise.  The result will be a global model of land-water distribution projected from the present to year 2100.

Helland-Hansen said the accelerator funding was integral for the project start of Coastal Change 21st century (CC21):

Because of this funding we could arrange a kick-off workshop in Bergen where all key partners could meet. At the workshop the main directions for the project were defined and a collaborative, friendly and joint team-spirit was established, crucial for the good working conditions as we moved into the proposal writing stage. The funding have also financed drafting assistance securing high quality figures in the proposal.

Helland-Hansen presented his ongoing project outline at a CET Lunch seminar in May 2020 and applied to the Research Council of Norway in 2020 and 2021.