A Transdisciplinary study of Erosion at Chiswick Eyot, an island in the tidal Thames

Project: Research

Description

The study constitutes ‘action research’ in the sense that researchers participated in continuing remediation work at the site carried out by stakeholders and volunteer organisations including Thames21and the Old Chiswick Protection Society while the project was underway.

Other key aspects include multidisciplinary work (chemical, geotechnical, and ecological investigations), and assimilation through data interchange of disparate datasets using file sharing between software packages in order to conduct novel, ‘cross-disciplinary’ analysis. This allows for development of an understanding of the possible trade-offs (negative side-effects) and co-benefits (positive side-effects) of remediation alternatives and system correction (transformation) towards sustainability.

Layman's description

A multidisciplinary study of erosion occurring at Chiswick Eyot, an island in the tidal Thames. Engineering, chemical analysis, ecological, social, historical and cultural considerations are taken into consideration and cooperative restoration work carried out with local stakeholder groups, volunteer organisations and charities to complete a holistic assessment of changes due to pollution, climate change and other factors with a view to preserving the island through sustainable restoration.

Key findings

Climate change, increased flooding and sea-level rise are major causes, but piping due to roots rotting away and thereby providing areas of preferential flow is a major consideration. Nearly half of the over 1,000 trees on the island were found to have died, probably because of acute heavy metal contamination including silver, lead and cadmium when it was surveyed by Brian Wurzell in 2002 for the Thames Explorer Trust.
Short titleTransdisciplinary study of riverbank erosion in the Thames, London, England
StatusFinished
Effective start/end date11/09/1411/07/20

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