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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

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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

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SCOPAC Sediment Transport Bibliographic Database (v6, 2012)

SCOPAC Sediment Transport Study 2004

Evolution of the Solent River animation

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Preparing for the Impacts of Climate Change 2001

Instead, a "rubble mound" groyne composed entirely of armour stone is used without conventional foundation layers. Such groynes have been built from 1986 to 2010.

Bournemouth encountered problems in 2009/10 when:

In the event Bournemouth Borough Council accepted responsibility for the alternative design which was successfully completed.

Anecdotal evidence suggests that all these non-standard groynes are performing satisfactorily.

The study:

This topic is especially relevant to Bournemouth where the Timber Groyne Renewal Programme (TGRP) will require the removal of 51 life expired timber groynes between 2013 and 2029, and it is anticipated that the new structures will be rock groynes.

SCOPAC £4,000

£2,000 (2011/2012) and £2,000 (2012/2013)

Non-standard Rock Groynes project

Minor Funds Contribution 2011-2013

Click to download the document (pdf, 6Mb)

Poole, Bournemouth, Christchurch and New Forest Councils have all built rock groynes which do not conform to the Rock Manual Guidelines.

The small tidal range and short duration of Low Water precludes:

particularly at the seaward end of the groynes.

Now online

Download the report (pdf, 6Mb)