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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


Evolution of the Solent River

Illustrating the most likely coastal change scenario over the last 125,000 years as sea level rise and coastal erosion shapes southern England as we know it today.

The animation centres on the Isle of Wight and Solent River basin.

Quaternary History of the Solent System

This account explains the origin and development of the landforms of the Solent. It covers a period of several major alternations of cold and temperate climatic conditions with associated low (fluvial and sub-aerial conditions dominant) and high (marine inundation and erosion dominant) sea-level intervals.

It is important to understand this geomorphological history of the Solent for many of its present day features and controlling influences are inherited from earlier periods.

Past behaviour therefore provides valuable insights into the types of change that might be anticipated in the future under the changing climatic conditions associated with global warming.

The Quaternary History of the Solent System was published alongside the 2004 web-based SCOPAC Sediment Transport Study (which has since been superceded by the 2012 Study) and is available as an undated, unacknowledged pdf document (24pp):

Download the pdf