EGU22-13427, updated on 20 Sep 2023
EGU General Assembly 2022
© Author(s) 2023. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.

Coasts for Kids (C4K): a transdisciplinary science communication effort

Irene Delgado Fernandez1,2
Irene Delgado Fernandez
  • 1Earth Sciences Department, Faculty of Marine and Environmental Sciences, CASEM, University of Cadiz, 11510 Puerto Real (Spain)
  • 2Department of Geography and Geology, Edge Hill University, LP39 4QP Ormskirk, UK

‘Coasts for Kids’ ( is a series of animations developed as part of a collaborative experience between children and their families, coastal scientists, teachers, community artists, coastal managers, and illustrators. The videos are targeted at Primary School kids and wider audiences. It was co-ordinated by scientists in the NW of England in partnership with Sefton Council and the Southport Eco Centre (UK). The scientific committee included coastal geomorphologists, physical geographers, coastal ecologists, and human geographers from Universities in the UK, Australia, Canada, Spain, France and Mexico. Educational & community support was an essential part of the project and included teachers, author and community artists, illustrators, and coastal managers.

The episodes were narrated by school children aged 6-8 years old from the Merseyside area (Liverpool City Region, UK). The aim of the project was to empower kids (and adults) to understand some of the complex interactions regulating coastal dynamics at a variety of temporal and spatial scales, and to trigger awareness and interest on coasts from an early age. The episodes have reached hundreds of thousands in online media and have been watched in many countries including the UK, Spain, Australia, Canada, Portugal, Turkey, Ireland, Netherlands, Argentina, Mexico, Brazil, Germany, Colombia, South Africa, etc. The series was endorsed by the NW Regional Flood and Coastal Committee in England and became part of KS2 education packages (e.g., the Flooding Education Package at The Flood Hub and the Countryside Classroom). The language of the videos was adapted and carefully selected by our educational committee for its inclusivity, inviting diversity, and representativity, which is something particularly important in STEM disciplines.

This talk will discuss the key elements of the success of C4K, including the steps undertaken by the transdisciplinary team (families, kids, scientists, and teachers) to develop the videos and make the final resource freely available to download and share. Important core elments in the project also included efforts to maximise kids' abilities to link ideas and develop their own understanding of coastal environments.

How to cite: Delgado Fernandez, I.: Coasts for Kids (C4K): a transdisciplinary science communication effort, EGU General Assembly 2022, Vienna, Austria, 23–27 May 2022, EGU22-13427,, 2022.