9. Why is a new approach being considered?
The SMP took a broad brush approach in order to achieve national coverage so it did not include the detailed work that is sometimes necessary to fully understand and predict complex coastal systems like the East Devon coast. Also, since the work was done on the SMP, there have been technological advances that enable much more accurate mapping of the coastal change that is actually happening. Plymouth University believe that these advances, coupled with factoring in the latest expectations of climate change, will result in a more accurate plan of the areas likely to be at risk from coastal change.