The Isle of Wight is located approximately 5km off the south coast of England and a range of ferry services, trains and roads provide excellent communications from the city of Portsmouth and the international airports of Southampton and London .
The Isle of Wight , known as the ‘Garden Isle', is famous for its wide range of coastal and inland scenery. The 110km coastline includes spectacular sea cliffs, extensive coastal landslides, saltmarshes, estuaries and sand dunes. The Island has much to offer, with a mild climate, wonderful beaches and breathtaking scenery, it is a perfect place for academic visits, holidays and short breaks.
The Conference venue, the town of Ventnor , is situated within the Isle of Wight Undercliff, the largest urban landslide complex in north-western Europe . Ventnor is a Victorian town with a Mediterranean feel. It is one of the sunniest spots in England , thanks to its sheltered southerly aspect.
Ventnor expanded from a fishing hamlet to a flourishing seaside resort in the reign of Queen Victoria between 1837-1901, the town being built on the steep hillside of St. Boniface Down. Development took place over the landslide topography. Victorian visitors compared this charming location to the Amalfi coast of Italy . Sheltered by a high rear scarp, the Undercliff is renowned for its microclimate, which allows a rich growth of natural vegetation; this encouraged the establishment of the internationally important Ventnor Botanic Garden in 1972.
The Isle of Wight Council's Centre for the Coastal Environment, based in Ventnor, was founded in 1996 to provide a focus for its growing activities in the fields of coastal, environmental and geotechnical studies arising from the diverse range of issues and problems to be addressed around the Isle of Wight 's 110km of coastline. A wide variety of geotechnical studies and investigations have taken place on the Isle of Wight, particularly along its southern coast and this work is on-going with major geotechnical engineering projects planned over the next three years to address active landslide problems.
This internationally important location is recognised both for its experience gained in recent years in terms of instability planning, management techniques and its educational value. This Conference will provide the fullest opportunities for discussion and exchange of information on these subjects as well as field visits where policy can be seen translated into practice. A full programme of events is also being arranged for accompanying guests who will be able to enjoy the fascinating historical associations of the Isle of Wight as well as its scenery and local crafts
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