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Mr Lyall Cairns, Eastern Solent Coastal Partnership


Mr Matt Hosey, Poole Borough Council

Mr Neil Watson, Environment Agency

Research Chair

Dr Samantha Cope, Havant Borough Council

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: Lauren Burt (2016) and Emma Harris (2017)

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

Covering the coastline of central-southern England between Lyme Regis (Dorset) and Shoreham-By-Sea (West Sussex), the original SCOPAC Sediment Transport Study was undertaken by the University of Portsmouth in 1991, and last updated in 2004.

The methods for this 2012 revision were guided and approved by the Project Steering Group, which comprised members of the SCOPAC Research Group, encompassing the three relevant Coastal Groups (Southwest, Southern and Southeast Coastal Groups). The over-arching principles for the revision were:

The associated Bibliographic Database was also updated by SCOPAC to source relevant reports, papers and other references from 2002 to 2012.

The principal sources of extensive new coastal data are from the Southeast and Southwest Regional Coastal Monitoring Programmes (

Please note that this revision incorporates findings up to winter 2012/spring 2013 and therefore does not include the effects of the 2013/14 storms and the 2015/16 winter which were significant in terms of coastal change for many areas.

Sediment Transport Study update 2012 (opens in a new window)

The 2012 update of the SCOPAC Sediment Transport Study was funded by the Environment Agency under Flood Defence Grant in Aid, grant number LDW 41230, with additional contributions from SCOPAC. The updated Bibliographic Database and Stores and Sinks study were funded by SCOPAC as external contributions to this project.

The literature review was conducted by David Carter, University of Portsmouth. The website was designed and constructed by Sarah Austin, Vivid Websites. The detailed review of the literature and map revisions by the relevant Local Authority and Environment Agency coastal engineers is acknowledged with thanks.

This updated Sediment Transport Study is referenced as:

New Forest District Council (2017). 2012 Update of Carter, D., Bray, M., & Hooke, J., 2004 SCOPAC Sediment Transport Study,

Channel Coast Observatory - FDGiA £150,000 (2014-2017)

SCOPAC Sediment Transport Study update 2012