Papers & Publications of Interest
January 2019: A presentation to SCOPAC by Dr Ivan Haigh, Associate Professor in Coastal Oceanography at the NOC, Southampton, and lead researcher for SurgeWatch, the database of UK Coastal Flood Events website.
December 2018: The Eastern Solent Coastal Partnership (ESCP) is working with the Environment Agency to deliver the Solent and South Downs (SSD) Regional Habitat Creation Plan; the plan covers the area from Hurst Spit in the west to Beachy Head in the east and includes the north coast of the Isle of Wight. Habitat types relevant to the SSD area include intertidal mudflats, saltmarsh, coastal grazing marsh, freshwater habitats and saline lagoons.
October 2018: The futurecoast project was commissioned by Defra in 2002 to support the Shoreline Management Review process. It collated and assessed available knowledge on past change at different scales, and described the way in which our coastline might be expected to evolve in the coming decades. The project was originally distributed on CD but over time access to information has declined. Much of the knowledge and assessment remains relevant so the Defra/EA/WG Research and Development programme has funded a new route to the futurecoast datasets making them readily useable for years to come
- Details at www.channelcoast.org
July 2018: Many landfill sites are poorly defended and are at risk of releasing waste, whilst others undergo expensive temporary repairs rather than capital works. The Eastern Solent Coastal Partnership (ECPS), as part of the SCOPAC Landfills Study, assessed (1) existing possible funding mechanisms, (2) the scale of the problem and (3) whether possible funding sources may be devised. A presentation of the group’s findings was made at the 2018 National Flood and Coast Conference, Telford
- Download the ECPS presentation (PDF, 3Mb)
September 2015: Lauren Tidbury of MOLA gave a presentation on CITiZAN to the SCOPAC members meeting. Significant archaeological sites along our coast and on the foreshores of our tidal estuaries are continually eroded by winds, waves and tidal scour. CITiZAN is the first systematic national response to this threat
- Download Lauren’s presentation (PDF, 3Mb)
- Project details can be found at www.mola.org.uk/citizan-coastal-and-intertidal-zone-archaeological-network
Edition 2, November 2014: This document was originally published July 2013 and set out the general principles of how Government would organise itself centrally in the event of a wide area coastal flood. The timing of its publication was fortuitous as the guide proved a useful reference tool during the winter flooding 2014/15
- Download the document (PDF)
May 2014: with comparative analysis from 11 UK sites including Preston Beach, Bournemouth and Hurst Spit – the research investigated the lessons that can be learned from the actual performance of schemes compared with original model expectations and draws upon anecdotal information gathered through engagement with industry practitioners
- Available at www.gov.uk/government/publications/
April 2014: This report examines the regional beach erosion patterns and wave conditions arising during the winter of 2013-14, compared to previous years. Part of the Southeast Regional Coastal Monitoring Programme. A.P. Bradbury and T.E. Mason, Channel Coastal Observatory
- Download the document (PDF, 7Mb)
Coastal Erosion – Good or Bad for Lyme Regis?
This 25-minute film was produced in 2016, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund as part of the Lyme Regis Museum expansion. It was made by Richard Edmunds and a small team in conjunction with sixth form Geography and Photography students from the local Woodroffe School.
The film investigates coastal erosion at Lyme Regis, capturing local views about erosion and the threats to the town at a point in time by interviewing a wide range of people on the issue; it also tells us what the pupils themselves got from the project.
The results are of a very high standard.
In early 2013 the Environment Agency led a workshop to share partnership funding information, to highlight common funding issues or challenges and to agree how practitioners could be best supported:
- Coastal Funding in the Eastern Solent – James Addicott, Coastal Project Engineer, ESCP (PDF, 4Mb)
- EA Appraisal of Coastal Schemes – Neil Watson, Coastal Engineer, Environment Agency (PDF, 3Mb)
- Local Authority Funding Changes (Coastal Group Briefing Note) – Phil Winrow, Head of FCERM & Business Finance, Environment Agency (PDF)
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.
Evolution of the Solent River
The animation centres on the Isle of Wight and Solent River basin.
The Quaternary History of the Solent System is dealt with in detail within the Sediment Transport Study
Evolution of Lyme Bay
The animation centres on the coastline from Lyme Regis to Portland.
October 2018 (pdf, 1Mb)
A six year summary of the EA’s annual FCERM reports.
March 2018 (pdf, 2Mb)