Sally Brown

Affiliate Member of the Tyndall Centre

I’m a coastal and climate change adaptation scientist working at Bournemouth University, UK and affiliated to the Tyndall Centre. I’m passionate about understanding how physical-human systems on the coast interact. My research areas revolve around coastal change – including how our physical processes and socio-economic change vary throughout time – and climate change adaptation – finding methods and solutions to adapt to these changes. I am particularly interested in taking a wide systems view of coastal change, integrating research across disciplines, having learnt about physical processes, human interactions, societal needs and policy. I’ve been very fortunate to work with a wide range of people around the world. I have published or researched on coasts around Europe and Africa coasts, plus Bangladesh, India, Ghana, Maldives and Vanuatu. I like to ask questions such as:

  • ‘What hazards do we face today?’
  • ‘How much will sea-levels rise?’
  • ‘What and who will be affected?’.,
  • ‘What’s changing now and why?’
  • ‘How will we cope in the future?’
  • ‘How can we change?’

To answer these questions, I’ve undertaken research from global to local scales, and annual to centennial timescales. My particular research interests include:

  • The impacts of sea-level rise at a global scale;
  • The impacts of sea-level rise at regional and local scales;
  • Small islands: Sea-level rise, impacts and sustainable development;
  • Delta environments: Sea-level rise, subsidence and their impacts;
  • Adaptation to sea-level rise, flooding, erosion and multiple drivers of change;
  • Policy implications and management of coastal science and engineering;
  • Erosion, geomorphology and coastal structures.
Sally Brown

Research Areas


Phone: 01202 965923

Postal Address:
Life and Environmental Sciences, Bournemouth University, Fern Barrow, Poole, Dorset, BH12 5BB