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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The aim of the bibliographic study was to compile as much as possible of the available published and unpublished literature and information relating to coastal sedimentation processes and sediment transport along the south coast of England between Start Point (Devon) and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 available.

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, 201Please use the links below to download the appropriate version of the latest database2.  Channel Coastal Observatory, David Carter and the University of Portsmouth

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)

TDownload the User Guide (PDF, 3Mb)he 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.