Claire understands the impacts of climate change on a variety of landscape processes, insights gained from her physical geography training. Her dissertation quantified cliff retreat rates using GIS and investigated the causes.
During her studies, Claire focused on creating sustainable designs using Green Infrastructure approaches. For example, a Sustainable Drainage System (SuDS) was designed to purify all water and reduce flooding at a former colliery site in the Forest of Dean. Green Infrastructure was incorporated into urban design thinking in the preparation of a sustainable heritage and tourism design for Gloucester.
Claire is further developing her project experience within environmentally sensitive contexts. Her interest in utilising geographic and GIS competencies to understand and design for climate resilient landscapes adds value to all her projects.
Claire has provided support for the National Trust car parking study at Studland Peninsula, Dorset. The current infrastructure is at risk due to sea level rise and coastal retreat. She created figures for the existing facilities audit and used GIS to conduct a spatial analysis of future options.
She is involved with a mixed-use development project within a green belt location in South Gloucestershire. For the strategic stages, she identified the opportunities and constraints of the site and created a visual presentation of the zoning plan.
Claire has supported the completion of planting and vegetation management plans for projects at various scales. These have included work on planting plans /schedules for the historic dam and landscape restoration project at Prior Park, Bath, for the National Trust.
Her other roles include following GLVIA3 guidelines in producing Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment figures for development projects at the planning stage, including a viewpoint location plan with associated character and viewpoint photographs. Labels are used to clearly define the location of the development within the landscape.