The commissioning of research was identified as one of SCOPAC’s key objectives when the group was formed in 1986, and is explicit in its original Terms of Reference: Promoting, co-ordinating and undertaking research to increase understanding of the regional shoreline environment.”

Current Research

Healthy Estuaries project 2020

Jo Brooksbank, Natural England

Tracer Pebble Study, Preston Beach

Dave Picksley, Environment Agency and Sacha Neill, Eastern Solent Coastal Partnership

Reducing regional flood and erosion risk from wave action on the Channel Coast

Channel Coast Observatory and HR Wallingford

Utilisation of RCMP data to understand coastal processes

Award for 2019/20
Kirk Arrow Spit, Selsey evolution

SCOPAC Storm Analysis Study

Dr Matthew Wadey, BCP Council, Dr Ivan Haigh, University of Southampton, and Emily Last, Eastern Solent Coastal Partnership

Langstone Harbour entrance coastal process study

Alex Hillawi, Eastern Solent Coastal Partnership

Scanning of historical aerial photography

Environment Agency

Digitising the Poole Harbour tide gauge

Dr Ivan Haigh, University of Southampton

Ongoing / Research Awards

Utilisation of RCMP data to understand coastal processes

SCOPAC awards a contribution of £1,000 towards research projects which use Regional Coastal Monitoring Programme (RCMP) data. This initiative demonstrates the value of ongoing capture and use of freely available datasets from the Monitoring Programmes.

The Southeast Regional Coastal Monitoring Programme was the first region to be set up in 2002 with the Southwest Regional Coastal Monitoring Programme following in 2006. Both are now providing datasets which reveal invaluable insight into decadal changes in coastal processes.

 Further information and details of awards made to date

Bradbury’s Bursary

In honour of Professor Andrew Bradbury’s contribution to coastal engineering across the SCOPAC region, a £500 bursary will be awarded annually to a University of Southampton ‘Engineering in the Coastal Environment’ (ECE) student.

Professor Bradbury was keen to develop those new to the industry and taught on the masters course. Those students wishing to apply for the bursary will be expected to undertake research of benefit to SCOPAC, on the coastline between Lyme Regis, Dorset and Shoreham-by-sea, West Sussex.

Further details of the Bursary and of awards made to date

Tracer Pebble Studies

Eastern Solent Coastal Partnership. Tracking the movement of matertial along coarse sediment beach frontages

Methodolody and studies undertaken to date

SurgeWatch: a user-friendly database of coastal flooding for the UK

University of Southampton: £500 contribution per year

Completed Research

2001 - present day

A major part of SCOPAC’s activities, between 1986 – 2018 SCOPAC commissioned approximately £1.3 million worth of valuable research to the benefit of its members.

Vegetated Shingle Study, Hurst Spit

New Forest District Council
Published May 2018

Assessing the performance of timber groynes at Bournemouth Beach

A 29 year field-test of 5 different species
Bournemouth Borough Council: £10,000 contribution (2015-2017)

SCOPAC Sediment Transport Study 2012 Update

Channel Coast Observatory: FDGiA £150,000 with contributions from SCOPAC (2014-2017)

Seabed Mapping project, Selsey to Eastoke

Minor funds contribution (2013-2015). Channel Coast Observatory: up to £4,000

Tracer Pebble Studies, East Solent Phase II

Minor funds contribution (2011-2013). East Solent Coastal Partnership: £4,000

Tracer Pebble Studies, East Solent Phase I

Minor funds contribution (2010-2011). Havant, Portsmouth & Gosport Coastal Partnership: £1,500

Strategic Regional Coastal Monitoring Programmes

Channel Coastal Observatory

SCOPAC Coastal Landfills Study

Eastern Solent Coastal Partnership
Published April 2019

Offshore to onshore transport across distinct landforms at Church Norton Spit

Minor funds contribution (2015-2016). University of Sussex (lead): £4,000

SCOPAC Sediment Stores and Sinks Study

Channel Coast Observatory: £25,000 (2011-2014)

SCOPAC Sediment Transport Bibliographic Database 2012

SCOPAC 6 (2012). Channel Coast Observatory, David Carter and the University of Portsmouth

Extreme Wave Conditions within the SCOPAC region

Professor A Bradbury: £10,000 (2008/09) and £8,000 (2009/10)

SCOPAC Sediment Transport Study 2004

University of Portsmouth

Preparing for the Impacts of Climate Change

Halcrow Marine, University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, University of Portsmouth and the Meteorological Office (2001)

Beach response in front of structures in open coast

Toe Scour Research Project
Minor funds contribution (2015-2017). Eastern Solent Coastal Partnership: £4,000

Poole Bay Nearshore Replenishment Trial 2015-2016

Poole Borough Council: £15,000 contribution (2014-2017)

Offshore sediment transport pathways in Poole and Christchurch Bays

Coastal sediment budget project
Minor funds contribution (2013-2016). University of Southampton: £4,000

Non-standard rock groynes in Poole and Christchurch Bays

Minor funds contribution (2011-2013). SCOPAC: £4,000

Maintenance of coastal structures – Phase 1: Timber groynes

A study to be incorporated into the CIRIA ‘Groynes in Coastal Engineering‘ Manual

ACCESS Project 2011

Adapting to Climate Change along England’s Southern Shorelines
Channel Coast Observatory: £26,000.
Halcrow: £20,500. Coastal and Geotechnical Services: £14,000.

RESPONSE European Project 2006-2009

Responding to the risks from climate change on the coast.

Research projects for future consideration

  • Design Guidance for Mixed Sand and Shingle Beaches
  • Bibliographic database revisions
  • Digitisation of historical tidal records
  • Performance of schemes and affordability
  • Consultation on schemes
  • Managed realignment
  • Role of compensation
  • Future of coast protection
  • Soft cliffs
  • Social justice issues