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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

There is an opportunity to apply for SCOPAC research funds as a contribution towards a study related to coastal management. Up to £8,000 is available, typically split between two research projects running in parallel over two years (2018/19 and 2019/20).  

Previous beneficiaries have been Risk Management Authorities and Universities.

2018-2020 Minor projects: Call for proposals

Examples of previous studies include: 


The application for funding should be no longer than 500 words and will clearly set out the aims, objectives and deliverables of the study, as well as the benefits to SCOPAC. Successful candidates are expected to produce a written report, quarterly updates to the SCOPAC Research Chair and a presentation at the end of the research.

Assessing applications:

The following criteria will form the basis of assessing the applications. Does the project…

Applications should be emailed to the SCOPAC Research Chair ( by the 2nd February 2018.

The successful applicant/s will be notified in March 2018 following a vote by the Southern Coastal Group.

Good luck!   

Minor Funds Contribution up to £8,000 available (2018-2020)