The OAL-Scotland is located at Catterline Bay, a dramatic beauty spot (Aberdeenshire; WGS84 Long: -2.21 Lat: 56.90;) that featured in the work of acclaimed Scottish artist Joan Eardley is a bay off the North Sea, part of which is failing due to shallow landslides and is affected by coastal erosion. The site belongs to the temperate humid climate region, with a mean annual temperature of 8º C and mean annual rainfall of ca. 600 mm. It boasts of places of tourist interest as well as a strong local community, farmlands, recreational activities as well as fishing.
The instability of the slope, together with shallow landslides and coastal erosion threatens the stability of buildings and livelihoods at the top of the bay and has the potential to diminish the beauty of the place as well as poses threats to lives and livelihoods. Catterline Bay hosts a small residential community (ca. 150 inhabitants) settled atop the cliffs and slopes. Catterline’s residents are actively involved in the implementation of Nature-based Solutions (NbSs) against landslides and coastal erosion hazards through the Catterline Braes Action Group –i.e. CBAG.
MOTIVATION FOR CHOICE ACCORDING TO HAZARD EXPOSURE AND ASSET VALUE
– Coastal erosion, storm surge, flooding and landslides
– Culturally important area, adjacent to the Fowlsheugh coastal nature reserve (tourism)
– Economically important agriculture/fishery area
POSSIBLE NATURE-BASED AND HYBRID SOLUTIONS
– Eco-engineering solutions to reduce erosion
– Enhance stability of earthworks and natural slopes
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