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Mr Neil Watson, Environment Agency


Mr Lyall Cairns, Havant Borough Council

Mr Stuart Terry, Borough of Poole

Research Chair

Dr Samantha Cope, Havant Borough Council

Current Research

Offshore to onshore transport across distinct landforms at Church Norton Spit

Beach response in front of structures in open coast

Poole Bay Nearshore Replenishment Trial

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

Update of the SCOPAC Sediment Transport Study

Maintenance of coastal structures - Phase 1: Timber groynes

Coastal sediment budget project: Minor Funds Contribution

Completed Research

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

Church Norton Spit at Pagham Harbour, West Sussex has accreted by approximately 100,000m3 of material in the past 10 years (see SCOPAC Stores and Sinks project), making it one of the largest accreting features across the SCOPAC region.

The origin of the material is unknown; therefore this study will investigate whether the material is transported from the sub-tidal across the nearshore bedforms to the shore. The sub-tidal area fronting the Pagham frontage is very shallow and covered with gravel. Some of this is visibly moving onshore as landforms (Inner Owers) but there are some peculiar shingle features at right angles to the beach that are thought to act as transport corridors.

SCOPAC has awarded £4,000 as a contribution towards the project to establish offshore to onshore shingle transport pathways at Church Norton Spit.

Investigation of the nearshore bedforms will be achieved using two approaches:

1) A desktop GIS approach using South-east Regional Monitoring Programme data to capture changes over the last 10 to 15 years.

2) Sediment tracing using the methods developed by the Eastern Solent Coastal Partnership to document shingle movement under different conditions.

The project was instigated by Dr Uwe Dornbusch of the Environment Agency, Arun DC and Chichester DC and is being led by Dr Cherith Moses from the University of Sussex with input from Professor David Sear from the University of Southampton.  

The Eastern Solent Coastal Partnership will provide the tracer study retrieval equipment.  

Wave refraction (top) over the shore perpendicular structure shows a distinct alongshore asymmetry (bottom).

Offshore to onshore transport across distinct landforms at Church Norton Spit

University of Sussex (lead) £4,000

Minor Funds Contribution 2015-17

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