The aim of the bibliographic study was to compile as much as possible of the available
published and unpublished literature and information relating to coastal sedimentation
processes and sediment transport along the south coast of England between Start Point
(Devon) and Beachy Head (East Sussex).
SCOPAC considered that fundamental to effective management of coastal protection
and sea defences is an understanding of sediment transport processes on the coast.
In considering its research strategy in 1989, SCOPAC was aware that much research
had already been done within it's area, although much of this was in the form of
consultancy reports to individual authorities and organisations and was not readily
It was decided that before embarking on original (expensive) research it should be
established what studies had already been carried out, and that this material should
be collated in such a way as to make it more accessible.
As a first stage, it was decided that a bibliographic database should be compiled
which would contain details of all relevant studies on the SCOPAC coastline. Portsmouth
Polytechnic was commissioned to undertake the work and produced the computerised
database and accompanying Report in 1989. It has since been kept up-to-date with
the assistance of SCOPAC.
By July 1989 the compilation of the database produced 2,160 items, and 3,100 by July
1991 and nearly 5,000 separate references by October 2002. The 6th edition (SCOPAC
6, December 2012) updates the database with research carried out in the last 10 years
and has over 5,700 references.
The Bibliographic Database study confirmed that there was already a substantial body
of information concerning sediment transport and sediment budgets in the central
south coast of England.
Version 6, 2012. Channel Coastal Observatory, David Carter and the University of
The 2012 Bibliographic Database comprises some 5,700 references to relevant shoreline
management reports and publications for the 400 kilometre frontage of the SCOPAC
region. The database is searchable by topic and/or area.
The database comprises a searchable archive of sources compiled in Microsoft Access
2010 format for Windows.
It provides reference details, searchable keywords, abstract and details of where
original copies are held for all published and unpublished material, which it has
been possible to obtain or consult.
The database encompasses all aspects of sediment transport and sediment budgets on
the coast, including long term and short term coastal changes, and the effects of
dredging and reclamation. Relevant books, journal articles, consultants’ reports,
local authority reports, academic theses and other unpublished sources are included.
The database is searchable by author, topic and/or area.
The database was originally compiled for SCOPAC in 1989 by the Department of Geography,
University Portsmouth and was updated in 1992, 1995, 1998 and 2002.
In 2012 the database was updated by the Channel Coastal Observatory in collaboration
with David Carter, working as an independent consultant, and Dr Malcolm Bray from
the University of Portsmouth.
Sediment Transport Bibliographic Database
The Database (v6 2012)
The full database is available here; you will need to have Microsoft Access 2002/03
or Access 2010 installed on your computer in order to access it
The 2004 SCOPAC Sediment Transport Study relied heavily upon the 2002 Bibliographic
Database to identify the sources of information that were subsequently reviewed to
produce the study. The Sediment Transport Study is currently being updated and will
similarly rely on the updated 2012 Bibliographic Database for sources of information.