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Utilisation of data to understand coastal processes

SCOPAC awards a contribution of £1,000 towards research projects which use Regional Coastal Monitoring Programme data

This SCOPAC initiative is to demonstrate the value of ongoing capture and use of freely available datasets from the Monitoring Programmes. The South-east Regional Coastal Monitoring Programme was the first region to be set up in 2002 with the South-west Regional Coastal Monitoring Programme following in 2006. Both are now providing datasets which reveal invaluable insight into decadal changes in coastal processes. 

The data underpins development of baseline coastal processes understanding for Shoreline Management Plans, Strategy Studies, Beach Management Plans, as well as the impacts of scheme design. Data is captured once to a high level specification and used many times. The programme is managed on behalf of the Coastal Groups and is funded by DEFRA, in partnership with the maritime Local Authorities and the Environment Agency. For more information, please see www.channelcoast.org.

The following coastal process studies have been undertaken using data from the South-east Regional Monitoring Programme:

Sandown Bay Coastal Process Study (2019)

Download the Sandown Bay report (pdf, 2Mb)

Sandown Bay is a popular tourist and amenity beach stretching 8.2 km along the south-east coast of the Isle of Wight. Due to recent concern regarding low beach levels and erosion along this frontage, SCOPAC awarded the ‘improved utilisation of data fund’ to the Isle of Wight Council for a small-scale desktop study to be undertaken by the Eastern Solent Coastal Partnership (ESCP). This study uses South-east Regional Coastal Monitoring Programme data (which provides data since 2003) to assess erosion and accretion in response to changes in wave forcing, building upon previous studies.

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Cakeham Coastal Process Study (2015)

Download the Cakeham Manor Estate report (pdf, 7Mb)

This coastal process report has been prepared by the Eastern Solent Coastal Partnership on behalf of Cakeham Manor Estate, summarising evolution of the coastline and the data available for monitoring coastal change. The report explores whether any additional data collection is required for:

  • the western end of the frontage to establish if and when the coastline switches from accretion to erosion, according to Fitzgerald’s (2012) theory
  • the central and eastern section of the frontage, which are generally more vulnerable to erosion

Download the report (PDF, 7Mb)