SCOPAC Research – current and ongoing

SCOPAC: “Promoting, co-ordinating and undertaking research to increase understanding of the regional shoreline environment.”

SCOPAC Storm Analysis Study

Dr Matthew Wadey, Eastern Solent Coastal Partnership and Dr Ivan Haigh, University of Southampton

Preston Tracer Study

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

SCOPAC Coastal Landfills Study

Eastern Solent Coastal Partnership

Langstone Harbour entrance coastal process study

Alex Hillawi, Eastern Solent Coastal Partnership

Vegetated Shingle Study

New Forest District Council

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

Channel Coast Observatory and HR Wallingford

Maintenance of coastal structures – Phase 1: Timber groynes

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

Digitising the Poole Harbour tide gauge

Dr Ivan Haigh, University of Southampton

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

University of Southampton

Scanning of historical aerial photography

Environment Agency

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 initiative demonstrates 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.

Utilisation of RCMP data awards to date:

Sandown Bay Coastal Process Study (2019)

Prepared by the Eastern Solent Coastal Partnership on behalf of the Isle of Wight Council

Cakeham Coastal Process Study (2015)

Prepared by the Eastern Solent Coastal Partnership on behalf of Cakeham Manor Estate

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” student.

Professor Bradbury was keen to develop those new to the industry and taught on the master’s 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. A list of potential thesis topics will be published, although research ideas from students are welcome and will be assessed on whether at least one of the following criteria is met. Does the project:

  • Have a wider benefit to SCOPAC practitioners?
  • Develop a scientific tool that assists coastal decision making?
  • Advance the understanding of coastal processes?
  • Relate to coastal engineering or coastal management?
  • Assist in developing best practice?

Any University of Southampton ECE student interested in applying for the bursary should produce a 300 word summary of why they should be considered for the bursary and what the project will deliver for SCOPAC.

  • For more information on Bradbury’s Bursary please contact Dr Ivan Haigh, email:

Bradbury’s Bursary awards to date:

2017: Emma Harris

Investigating the recent morphological evolution of Pagham Harbour entrance and the cause of the breach to Church Norton spit in winter 2016

2016: Lauren Burt

Migration of Gravel Barriers over a Consolidating Substrate: Implications for Coastal Management

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