Coastal erosion threatens to put buildings, roads, railways and other assets worth billions of pounds at risk, according to research carried out for Scottish ministers (Tom Eden writes). A team from the University of Glasgow mapped the Scottish coastline in an effort to help the government and councils protect the landscape from erosion and coastal flooding. The work is part of the Scottish government’s Dynamic Coast project in response to the risks posed by climate change, with £12 million announced to help local authorities take preventative measures over four years. Michael Matheson, the secretary for net zero, said the research showed “that at least £20 billion of assets, road, rail and residential property, lie within 50 metres of our coast”. He added: “With nature protecting some £14.5 billion of these assets, maintaining our natural coastal defences must be a key part of our resilience and adaptation strategies.
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