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Current Research

SurgeWatch: a user-friendly database of coastal flooding for the UK

SCOPAC Contaminated Land Study

Scanning of historical aerial photography

Beach response in front of structures in open coast

Reducing regional flood and erosion risk from wave action on the Channel Coast

Maintenance of coastal structures - Phase 1: Timber groynes

Completed Research

Poole Bay Nearshore Replenishment Trial (2014-2017)

Bradbury’s Bursary: Lauren Burt (2016) and Emma Harris (2017)

SCOPAC Sediment Transport Study update 2012

Offshore to onshore transport across distinct landforms at Church Norton Spit: Minor Funds Contribution 2015-2016

Coastal sediment budget project: Minor Funds Contribution 2013-2016

Seabed Mapping Selsey to Eastoke: Minor Funds Contribution 2013-2015

Sediment Tracer Study Phase II: Minor Funds Contribution 2011-2013

Non-standard Rock Groynes: Minor Funds Contribution 2011-2013

Sediment Tracer Study Phase I: Minor Funds Contribution 2010-2011

ACCESS Project 2011

Extreme Wave Conditions within the SCOPAC region 2008-2010

Strategic Regional Coastal Monitoring

RESPONSE European Project 2006-2009

RESPONSE European Project Maps

SCOPAC Sediment Transport Bibliographic Database (v6, 2012)

SCOPAC Sediment Transport Study 2004

Evolution of the Solent River animation

Evolution of Lyme Bay animation

Preparing for the Impacts of Climate Change 2001

The ACCESS project essentially investigated methods associated with effectively quantifying ‘Assets at risk along the SCOPAC coastline’.

There is a need for more refined assessments to be made of the methodologies currently applied in Shoreline Management Plans and Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management Strategies to ascertain coastal erosion risk and identify and value the assets at risk, looking ahead over the next one hundred years.  

The greater the erosion risk to property, the more likely the frontage will obtain the benefit-cost ratio required to achieve a Hold The Line policy, thereby potentially attracting funding for future works. Still, if methods are under- or indeed over-predicting erosion then there could be significant implications for future policy setting and central government funding distribution.

Coastal and Geotechnical Services, Halcrow and the Channel Coastal Observatory (CCO) undertook the work for this project.  

As an introduction to the project, the CCO used a coarse method to identify “hotspots” across the SCOPAC region where more than 40 properties are at risk from erosion and/or flooding within Shoreline Management Plan “Management Unit” boundaries over the next 100 years - see Figure 1 below

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With a focus on sites under threat from instability, erosion and erosion followed by flooding, case studies for each geomorphology type were selected from the list of hotspots, ensuring a variety of examples were taken from across the SCOPAC region.  These include the following case studies identified in Figure 2 below

Channel Coast Observatory £26,000

Halcrow £20,500

Coastal and Geotechnical Services £14,000, Management/Printing £5,725

Contingencies £3,000

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Each case study details historical and predicted future geomorphological evolution, coastal monitoring, coastal management, adaptation of the shoreline and lessons learnt. A critique of Shoreline Management Plan erosion methods and national methods of erosion prediction was also undertaken for a selection of sites, as was the data used for assessing assets at risk and the monetary values applied to the assets at risk.

A project report launch was held at the National Oceanography Centre in November 2011 - presentations can be downloaded here.

ACCESS project

Adapting to Climate Change along England's Southern Shorelines

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The ACCESS project report (2011) has been published and is freely available to download (right).

To request a hard copy please email

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