Who are the WCMC?
We are a 100% Welsh government-funded organisation, monitoring coastline evolution for the protection of the people of Wales. Our data, which is 100% freely available informs Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management (FCERM) about the coastline's seasonal and long-term changes.
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To monitor coastal change to inform sustainable risk management decisions
The vision for 2026 is to be a role model monitoring centre that provides an accessible platform of understandable coastal process data
Delivering a dynamic evidenced programme, optimising access to coastal process data and engaging stakeholders
Do you want to help monitor the coastline? Get involved with Citizen Science!
Learn more about the WCMC's CoastSnap sites.
How do we monitor the coastline?
The 3D interactive map below (provided by USW) shows an example model created from measuring the cliffs at Penarth. By comparing multiple surveys over time we can see changes and learn about the natural process, their scale and speed, which inform our management decisions.