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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

University of Portsmouth.

Covering the coastline of central-southern England between Lyme Regis (Dorset) and Shoreham-By-Sea (West Sussex), this 2004 web-enabled report constitutes a thorough revision of the original Sediment Transport Study commissioned by SCOPAC in 1990.

Much additional research and information had been published since 1990 and the 2004 study incorporated all material collated from a comprehensive search of sources and by contact with relevant organisations.

The Sediment Transport Study has been an invaluable tool in development of the second round Shoreline Management Plans given that a key focus was on coastal processes and managing risk. SCOPAC are grateful to David Carter, Dr Malcolm Bray and Professor Janet Hooke for their hard efforts in producing such an informative and user-friendly piece of work.

Launch the Sediment Transport Study (2004) (opens in a new window)

NB: May 2017 the 2004 Study has been updated:

SCOPAC Sediment Transport Study update 2012

The Sediment Transport project relied heavily upon the SCOPAC Sediment Transport Bibliographic Database (Version 5, 2002) to identify the sources of information that have subsequently been reviewed to produce this study.

An updated Bibliographic Database (v6, 2012) has since been made available.

Launch the Sediment Transport Study (2004) (opens in a new window)

Sediment Transport Study 2004