Innovative approach in the stabilisation of coastal slopes

Slobodan B. Mickovski*, Craig S. Thomson

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Coastal slope instability poses a risk to life and material properties and is of great concern in times of climate change, posing challenges as communities seek to adapt and ensure resilience. This paper presents two case studies of coastal slope stabilisation efforts from Scotland and reflects the growing difficultly faced by coastal communities who value intervention but are limited by uncertain ownership, funding and access to expertise. In both cases, the slopes are owned by private charities with no power of authorisation or means of procuring stabilisation works to protect the adjacent communities. The engineering solutions included an innovative eco-engineering component where vegetation was used to perform an engineering function. Based on the experience with these projects, the authors advocate this sustainable technique supported by the evidence from monitoring and testing. The case studies emphasise the importance of engaging with the community as a means of achieving acceptance of a workable solution as well as participation in its long-term development. Another significant observation was the contribution played by establishment of a learning culture that is supported through inter- and intraproject knowledge transfer deemed necessary to promote the necessary double-loop learning evident in these projects.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)15-24
Number of pages10
JournalProceedings of the ICE - Engineering Sustainability
Issue number1
Early online date24 Nov 2016
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2018


  • sustainability
  • slopes stabilization
  • knowledge management
  • geotechnical engineering
  • coastal engineering
  • sustainabilty

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)
  • Arts and Humanities(all)
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)
  • Engineering(all)
  • Environmental Science(all)
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Social Sciences(all)


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