Illustrating the most likely coastal change scenario over the last 125,000 years
as sea level rise and coastal erosion shapes southern England as we know it today.
The animation centres on the Isle of Wight and Solent River basin.
Quaternary History of the Solent System
This account explains the origin and development of the landforms of the Solent.
It covers a period of several major alternations of cold and temperate climatic conditions
with associated low (fluvial and sub-aerial conditions dominant) and high (marine
inundation and erosion dominant) sea-level intervals.
It is important to understand this geomorphological history of the Solent for many
of its present day features and controlling influences are inherited from earlier
Past behaviour therefore provides valuable insights into the types of change that
might be anticipated in the future under the changing climatic conditions associated
with global warming.
The Quaternary History of the Solent System was published alongside the 2004 web-based
SCOPAC Sediment Transport Study (which has since been superceded by the 2012 Study)
and is available as an undated, unacknowledged pdf document (24pp):