Marine Alliance for Science and Technology for Scotland

Coastal Forum

Coastal Forum

Coastal and estuarine waters are parts of the sea that dominate our everyday affairs. Our rapidly expanding use of and entry into the sea are mostly concerned with processes that take place in shallow water, and it is mostly within coastal waters that human acts, such as waste discharge, fishing/aquaculture, dredging, mining, drilling, and structures, have their greatest impact. The coastal zone is so important that it can often become embroiled in jurisdictional controversy. The coastal ecosystem also provides many important services including nursey grounds, coastal protection, biodiversity, carbon storage, tourism, and recreational benefits. The adaptation and resilience of the coastline is vitally important, and not just in Scotland. The MASTS Coastal Forum brings together experts in areas such as coastal processes and dynamics, management, policy, social science, and biodiversity,
ecology and conservation, thus providing a network for successful multidisciplinary marine and social science to address the management of the coastal zone and the ecosystem services it provides. Cooperative research, together with interactions with key decision makers, local communities and experts can assist scientists to help solve often-complex issues and help generate leads for new projects, insights and potential contracts.

Forum Co-Convenors: William Austin (University of St Andrews) & Thorsten Balke (Glasgow University)

Steering Group: David Green (Aberdeen University); Jim Hansom (Glasgow University); Janet Khan (SEPA); Sue Dawson (Dundee University); Richard Bates (St Andrews University); Alistair Rennie & Stewart Angus (SNH); Catriona Jeorrett (Marine Scotland) and Hannah Grist (SAMS). Corresponding member: Tim Stojanovic (MASTS Marine Planning & Governance Forum)

If you would like advice, please complete the enquiry form and email to [email protected]

If you would like to find an expert on coastal issues, check out the coastal expertise database

If you want to be included in this database, please contact [email protected]

And if you’re interested in what some past members are up to, please see the links below

Ben Taylor was a postgraduate representative, studying blue carbon benefits for a PhD study. See

Clare Maynard bangs the drum for coastal habitat restoration; see this site if this is your thing

John Black is an ecologist and manages some of Scotland’s best coastal areas for the MoD. For a bit of fun, take a wander around this site

Nicholas Williamson is a consultant engineer in Harbours, Flood, & Coast in Fife Council and a champion of investigating new approaches to dealing with coastal issues.

MASTS Resources

We’re working behind the scenes to bring you a suite of useful, and updateable, resources including: 

  • Find an expert
  • Find facilities & equipment
  • MASTS Publications


If you would like to be updated when the resources section is live please let us know.