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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

SCOPAC contributed £4,000 towards the tracer study element of the River Hamble to Portchester Castle Coastal Strategy.

Following deployments at Portsmouth and Hayling Island (Phase I), the Phase II tracer study investigated sediment pathways at Solent Breezes, Lee-on-Solent and Stokes Bay over a 6 month period. The report summarising the results can be found at

Sediment Tracer Studies Phase II, East Solent

SCOPAC £4,000

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

Eastern Solent Coastal Partnership

Minor Funds Contribution 2011-2013

Detection Range Trial

Part of this funding was allocated to examine within the field, the likely range of the detection equipment within different beach sediments.

A series of simple tests were carried out to assess the detection range of the various sizes of RFID tag, at different orientations to the reading antennas and varying depths within the sediment.

The results are reported for dissemination across the wider SCOPAC readership (above right).

Click to download the Detection Range Trial report (pdf, 641kb)

Trial Report, Feb 2013 (pdf, 641kb)

Click to download the presentation by David Picksley (pdf, 2.2Mb)

Summary of key findings, Dec 2013

(pdf, 2.2Mb)