Coastal Squeeze

Where man - made coastal defence structures, such as sea walls and revetments, have been built to protect communities from coastal flood and erosion risks, intertidal habitat, such as saltmarsh, may be prevented from moving landward as sea levels rise. Habitats are consequently squeezed against these defences, reducing habitat extent and function over time. This is known as ‘coastal squeeze’ and is shown in the image below.

Coastal Squeeze Graphic Coastal Squeeze Graphic