Welcome to SCOPAC

Standing Conference on Problems Associated with the Coastline

SCOPAC is an influential network of local authorities and other key organisations that share an interest in the management of the shoreline of central southern England.

Established in 1986 SCOPAC’s role has been to assist members in developing a co-ordinated and sustainable approach to coastal risk management by commissioning research and sharing information.

The SCOPAC area of interest extends from Lyme Regis in the west to Shoreham-by-Sea in the east and includes the Isle of Wight.

One of SCOPAC’s key objectives is the commissioning of research. We are also proactive in supporting member organisations and their responsibilities, and furthering our understanding of a wide range of coastal defence issues.

Some of our key activities include:

  • Promoting Shoreline Management Plans (SMPs) relating to the SCOPAC coastline;
  • Providing a forum for a range of Government, Local Authority and other bodies involved in coastal issues and the associated legislation;
  • Responding to House of Commons committee inquiries;
  • Providing advice and guidance on the management of the SCOPAC coastline;
  • Exploration of external research funding.

News / Latest Online


Vegetated Shingle Study, Hurst Spit

Final report reviewed and supported by Natural England, online now


SCOPAC Field Trip 2019

To Weymouth & Portland, 19th September – report and photos online now


Tracer Pebble Studies

Tracking the movement of material along coarse sediment beach frontages – eight studies from across the region

Latest Research Projects

Healthy Estuaries project 2020

Jo Brooksbank, Natural England

Utilisation of RCMP data to understand coastal processes

Awards for 2018/19 and 2019/20
Swanage Pier WaveRex analysis and
Kirk Arrow Spit, Selsey evolution

Hydrodynamic controls on nearshore sediment sizes in Poole Bay

Bradbury’s Bursary 2019
Awarded to Xue Ting, Ong (Gladys)

Quick Links

Sediment Transport Study

at www.scopac.org.uk/sts