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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

Covering the coastline of central-southern England between Lyme Regis (Dorset) and Shoreham-By-Sea (West Sussex), the original SCOPAC Sediment Transport Study was undertaken by the University of Portsmouth in 1991, and last updated in 2004.

The methods for this 2012 revision were guided and approved by the Project Steering Group, which comprised members of the SCOPAC Research Group, encompassing the three relevant Coastal Groups (Southwest, Southern and Southeast Coastal Groups). The over-arching principles for the revision were:

The associated Bibliographic Database was also updated by SCOPAC to source relevant reports, papers and other references from 2002 to 2012.

The principal sources of extensive new coastal data are from the Southeast and Southwest Regional Coastal Monitoring Programmes (

Please note that this revision incorporates findings up to winter 2012/spring 2013 and therefore does not include the effects of the 2013/14 storms and the 2015/16 winter which were significant in terms of coastal change for many areas.

Sediment Transport Study update 2012 (opens in a new window)

Sediment Transport Study update 2012

The 2012 update of the SCOPAC Sediment Transport Study was funded by the Environment Agency under Flood Defence Grant in Aid, grant number LDW 41230, with additional contributions from SCOPAC. The updated Bibliographic Database and Stores and Sinks study were funded by SCOPAC as external contributions to this project.

The literature review was conducted by David Carter, University of Portsmouth. The website was designed and constructed by Sarah Austin, Vivid Websites. The detailed review of the literature and map revisions by the relevant Local Authority and Environment Agency coastal engineers is acknowledged with thanks.

This updated Sediment Transport Study is referenced as:

New Forest District Council (2017). 2012 Update of Carter, D., Bray, M., & Hooke, J., 2004 SCOPAC Sediment Transport Study,

Channel Coast Observatory - FDGiA £150,000 (2014-2017)