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Current Research

Bradbury’s Bursary: investigating the physical and geotechnical properties of the substrate in the lee of Hurst Spit

Beach response in front of structures in open coast

Poole Bay Nearshore Replenishment Trial

Reducing regional flood and erosion risk from wave action on the Channel Coast

Update of the SCOPAC Sediment Transport Study

Maintenance of coastal structures - Phase 1: Timber groynes

Completed Research

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

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Lowering of beaches in front of coastal structures is widely accepted as a leading cause of failure.  Beach lowering and toe scour is difficult to detect as the receding tide and storm waves tend to bury this evidence and any damage to structure foundations.

The SCOPAC region includes numerous beach structures at risk of scour, with foundations of poorly known depth and condition. Improved understanding of the scour risk at these structures will help SCOPAC members to better manage the scour risk and to design scour resistant replacements.

The Eastern Solent Coastal Partnership (ESCP) will undertake a scoping study to develop a cost effective method to determine maximum scour depth in front of coastal structures during a storm event. The first stage of the project is to conduct a test deployment at the ESCP’s own risk to confirm the most effective method for installing scour monitoring equipment into a beach. Subject to a successful test, the ESCP will apply the SCOPAC funding to undertake a deployment at a seawall structure in winter 2015/16 to measure changes in storm beach levels and maximum scour depth.

Dr Andy Pearce from the ESCP is leading the project and has commenced the scoping stage, building on the experience of Amanda Holland, a Ph.D student studying short term beach level changes at Hayling Island. Over the coming months the ESCP will be identifying an appropriate site within the Partnership frontage to undertake the pilot deployment over winter 2015/16. Based on the chosen deployment location, the scour monitor deployment methodology will be developed, in conjunction with local contractors.

Stokes Bay seawall: toe piling exposed

Beach response in front of structures in open coast

Eastern Solent Coastal Partnership £4,000

Minor Funds Contribution 2015-17