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Mr Neil Watson, Environment Agency


Mr Dave Robson, Borough of Poole

Research Chair

Dr Samantha Cope, Havant Borough Council

2018-2020 Minor projects: Call for proposals

Current Research

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

SCOPAC Contaminated Land Study

Scanning of historical aerial photography

Beach response in front of structures in open coast

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

Maintenance of coastal structures - Phase 1: Timber groynes

Completed Research

Poole Bay Nearshore Replenishment Trial (2014-2017)

Bradbury’s Bursary: investigating the physical and geotechnical properties of the substrate in the lee of Hurst Spit

SCOPAC Sediment Transport Study update 2012

Offshore to onshore transport across distinct landforms at Church Norton Spit

Coastal sediment budget project: Minor Funds Contribution

Seabed Mapping Selsey to Eastoke: Minor Funds Contribution 2013-2015

Sediment Tracer Study Phase II: Minor Funds Contributions 2011-2013

Non-Standard Rock Groynes: Minor Funds Contributions 2011-2013

Sediment Tracer Study Phase I: Minor Funds Contributions 2010-2011

ACCESS Project

Extreme Wave Conditions within the SCOPAC region

Strategic Regional Coastal Monitoring

RESPONSE European Project

SCOPAC Sediment Transport Study 2004

SCOPAC Sediment Transport Bibliographic Database v6, 2012

Evolution of the Solent River animation

Evolution of Lyme Bay animation

Preparing for the Impacts of Climate Change

There are a number of old landfill sites across the SCOPAC region that have previously been protected from the sea, but are now eroding due to deterioration of the original protection, and are threatened by sea level rise.

The nature of the problem is long-term as it is likely that the landfill sites contain some of the early plastics. Given that these can take hundreds of years to biodegrade, it will be necessary to continue to contain the sites for the foreseeable future, as removal is unlikely to be a feasible option.

Eastern Solent Coastal Partnership: £25,000 (2016-2018)

SCOPAC Contaminated Land Study

There is therefore a need for a long-term plan that is technically feasible and affordable. The Shoreline Management Plans and Coastal Strategies form the basis of this plan, however at present, as far as protection of landfill is concerned, they are aspirational as there is no appropriate funding mechanism. Given that the landfill sites are often undeveloped, they do not qualify for Flood Defence Grant in Aid funding.

This desktop study is building upon a project undertaken by the Eastern Solent Coastal Partnership ( in conjunction Tim Kermode (

Possible funding streams for protecting the sites are being explored, with the main aim of the study being to raise the profile of the issue to the politicians.

This SCOPAC study is working in parallel with the NERC Contaminated Land study led by the University of Southampton, which is investigating the practicalities of moving or defending landfill in the face of climate change.

Contaminated land image courtesy of ESCP