Press Releases 2014-2015

UWTSD Professor to Lecture About Tidal Lagoon Monitoring


A senior University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) academic will discuss his work on the Tidal Lagoon Swansea Bay project this week during a talk for the UK’s leading engineering and technology professional body, the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET).

Professor Mike Phillips

Professor Mike Phillips’ talk, entitled ‘Monitoring the Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon’, is part of the IET Wales South West Network series of lectures. It will take place this Thursday 19 November at Swansea University’s Bay Campus, starting at 6:30pm. Those who would like to attend should register their interest via

Professor Phillips said: “The Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon is a positive development which will help reduce CO2 emissions and provide energy security. My lecture will consider climate change and its consequences for coastal regions, giving global, UK and Welsh examples of impacts and vulnerabilities to storms and flooding.

“Arguments will be made for coastal developments to be linked to physical processes showing how difficult it is to find acceptable solutions for all coastal communities. The lecture will then consider the Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon development and the establishment of baseline shoreline conditions. Finally, I will explain the monitoring strategy to identify potential impacts during and post construction.”

Professor Mike Phillips is UWTSD Pro Vice-Chancellor responsible for the University’s Research, Innovation, Enterprise and Commercialisation. He is a member of the Institution of Environmental Sciences, a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and a Member of Climate Change Working Group: Global Forum on Oceans, Coasts, and Islands.

He is widely published and has organised a session on Coastal Tourism and Climate Change at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, as part of his role as a member of the Climate Change Working Group of the UNEP Global Forum on Oceans, Coasts, and Islands.

Research input includes being; an Expert Advisor to the UNESCO Cymru Wales Committee; an international scientific advisory board member of MARUM (the German Centre of Excellence for Marine Environmental Sciences); and an expert international advisor to the Portuguese FCT for the Adaptaria (coastal adaptation to climate change) and Smartparks (planning marine conservation areas) projects.

Contributions to coastal and ocean policies include: the Rio +20 World Summit, Global Forum on Oceans, Coasts and Islands, and UNESCO; EU Maritime Spatial Planning; and Welsh Government Policy on Marine Aggregate Dredging. Engagements with research agendas include the German Cluster of Excellence in Marine Environmental Sciences, the Portuguese Department of Science and Technology and the US Coastal Education and Research Foundation, amongst others.

Last month it was announced that fellow UWTSD academic, Professor Ian Wells had been appointed Chair of the IET in Wales and the South West.

The IET is working to engineer a better world by inspiring, informing and influencing its members, engineers and technicians, and all those who are touched by, or touch, the work of engineers.

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