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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

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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.

Dr Andy Pearce from the Eastern Solent Coastal Partnership (ESCP) is leading the project and and has built upon the experience of Amanda Holland, a Ph.D student studying short term beach level changes at Hayling Island.

So far the ESCP have deployed six scour chains at Stokes Bay (four attached to vertical seawall and two attached to groyne posts) which are currently being monitored. The team have also issued deployments at Southsea, Portsmouth, to measure changes in beach levels and maximum scour depth during storms.

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

Monitors installed and positioned with GPS

Deployed scour monitor