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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

Coastal sediment budget project: Offshore sediment transport pathways in Poole and Christchurch Bays

University of Southampton £4,000

Minor Funds Contribution 2013-2016

The University of Southampton was awarded £4,000 as a contribution towards a project to quantify and analyse the relative contributions and movement of sediment within Poole and Christchurch Bays.

The aim of the study was to investigate the sediment transport pathways around Dolphin Bank and Dolphin Sand in order to better understand where the sediment originates from and whether there is a feedback mechanism back onto the beaches in Poole Bay.

Key questions addressed are:

  1. Are Dolphin Bank and Dolphin Sand fed by the same sediment source?
  2. What are the sediment transport pathways over and around the banks?
  3. Are these banks largely relict, or are they sinks or sources of sediment to the coast?

Answering these questions also assists in understanding whether some of the material from the Bournemouth replenishment programmes ends up on the Dolphin Bank and Dolphin Sand.

This study, along with analysis of Regional Coastal Monitoring data will help inform the update of the Sediment Transport Study.

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