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About the Study

SCOPAC Committee

Chairperson Councillor Mrs M Penfold MBE, West Dorset District Council.

Vice-Chair Councillor Jackie Branson, Havant Borough Council.

Technical assistance provided to Councillors by Mr Lyall Cairns (Southern Coastal Group Chair) and Dr Samantha Cope (SCOPAC Research Chair).

Introduction & Acknowledgements


Map Design, Symbols & Reliability

User Guide

Bibliographic Database

The STS 2012 update

The 2012 update of the SCOPAC Sediment Transport Study (STS) was funded by the Environment Agency under FDGiA, grant number LDW 41230, with additional contributions from SCOPAC.  

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

Sediment Transport Study 2012


This web-based study is best viewed on a laptop or desktop screen; it is less suitable for tablets and smartphones, due in large part to size of maps used and some of the functionality of those maps and other elements within the online presentation.

This Sediment Transport Study can be navigated in two ways:

  1. Via the drop-down menu displayed at the top of each page
  2. Via clickable maps embedded in the pages

The home page shows a map covering all areas of the study. To select an area (unit) either:

  1. Rollover the grey ‘boxes’ on the map & select the appropriate highlighted area or
  2. Select the area by name from the drop-down menu under “Select STS Study Area”

Once within a unit you can target specific Sediment Transport Pathway information by:

Selecting it from the interactive area map (arrows on the map of each unit represent transport processes. Dots represent available photographs. Clicking on arrows or dots will link you to the relevant section of the literature review or gallery where you will find detailed information), or

By selecting ‘Map’ ‘Literature Review’ or ‘Photos’ from each study area sub-menu.

NOTE: each Literature Review contains several summary sections for each unit that are not directly linked from the map. Also note that only the actual sediment transfer arrows are clickable. Other information relating to sediment sinks and stores is available in the literature review.

Once within a literature review you will find a floating Index panel in the top-right of your screen. This is intended to make navigation of the content as quick and easy as possible. The panel can be closed if it interferes with your reading; it can also be moved around the screen for your convenience; simply point, click and drag the panel with your mouse. To re-open a closed panel please refresh your browser window.

Each literature review includes a comprehensive Reference section which can be found via a link in the Index panel (see above); it opens in a separate window that will, in most browsers, open at a small size, making it available to refer to as you read.

Similarly, each literature review includes links to a number of photos; they too will open in a separate small size browser window for easy reference. Photos can be enlarged to full size by clicking on the image; a full description is included below each enlarged image.

Search tip. We have provided a search box at the top of each page, which will create a list of pages that include a particular word or phrase. To search an individual Literature Review (or any page) for a particular word or phrase you can use a keyboard shortcut: Press Ctrl + F and a search field will appear either at the top or bottom of your browser.

User Guide


Start Point to Berry Head


Berry Head to Hope's Nose (Tor Bay)


Hope's Nose, Torquay to Holcombe


Holcombe to Straight Point (including Exe Estuary)


Straight Point to Otterton Ledge


Otterton Ledge to Beer Head  


Beer Head to Lyme Regis


Lyme Regis to West Bay


West Bay to Portland Bill  


Isle of Portland and Weymouth Bay  


Redcliff Point to Durlston Head (Purbeck)  


Durlston Head to Handfast Point


Handfast Point to South Haven Point (Studland Bay)  


Poole Harbour


Poole Harbour Entrance to Hengistbury Head (Poole Bay)


Hengistbury Head to Hurst Spit (Christchurch Bay)

Quaternary History of the Solent


Hurst Spit to Calshot Spit (Western Solent Mainland)  


Southampton Water  


River Hamble to Portsmouth Harbour Entrance  


Portsmouth, Langstone and Chichester Harbours  


Portsmouth Harbour Entrance to Chichester Harbour Entrance


North West Isle of Wight


North East Isle of Wight


South West Isle of Wight  


South East Isle of Wight  


East Head to Pagham, West Sussex


Pagham to Littlehampton


Littlehampton to Shoreham-by-Sea  


Shoreham-By-Sea to Newhaven  


Newhaven to Beachy Head  

Introduction & Acknowledgements


Map Design, Symbols & Reliability

User Guide