Surveys & Data Collection
A key objective of the group is to use evidence-based decision making to inform long-term coastal management strategies. This page includes links to current surveys designed to collect data to inform future activities by the group. Wide participation will provide data and evidence for the benefit of the group moving forwards, so please do take a moment of your time to contribute where possible/relevant.
M-KEN Research Database
In February 2017 we officially launched the Norfolk and Suffolk Coastal Network and unveiled the Marine Knowledge Exchange Network (M-KEN) Database. The database contains details and signposts to a wide variety of past and present information and activity relevant to organisations and individuals working in the marine and coastal spaces. This includes traditional academic research, but also projects, cases studies, technical reports, datasets and online resources.
The database, developed following a full consultation with a large group of cross-sectoral research-user stakeholders, responds to a need to increase awareness of and access to the diverse range of information that can influence and benefit coastal and marine decision making. It thereby supports a move towards more anticipatory and adaptive management practices.
Registering at http://db.marineknowledge.org.uk/, allows the user to browse through the database’s entries. Searches can either be made by choosing one of the predefined themes and sub-themes, selecting a location or by entering specific keywords of interest in the search bar on the home page.
Below, the theme “Coastal Modelling” is chosen and returns a list of peer-reviewed papers, projects, technical reports, books and datasets. The search can then be refined using different filters:
In this next example, the user is looking for online maps of Norfolk. A simple search using the keywords “Norfolk map” leads to a list of relevant resources and information on where to access them:
These examples highlight the diverse types of activities that the database includes as well as its user-friendly interface.
How can I join and contribute?
While the database is now up and running, it is in its early phase and still being populated with information. It will become increasingly valuable for users at it continues to grow and receives more material from the community.
Your input is therefore needed!
To submit your work or research, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org and the appropriate contributing access will be provided.