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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

SCOPAC are contributing £15,000 towards the monitoring of a trial which aims to place sand on the seabed and allow natural processes to push it onshore to replenish the beaches in Poole Bay. 

Poole Harbour Commissioners will provide the sand from maintenance dredging of Poole Harbour entrance, thereby recycling the sand back into the system, rather than dumping it offshore.

Poole Borough Council £15,000 contribution (2014)

Poole Bay Nearshore Replenishment Trial

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The Sand Motor (or Sand Engine) concept has been widely used in the Netherlands since the 1990's given that it is cheaper and less intrusive compared with traditional beach renourishment approaches (The Sand Engine: a solution for vulnerable deltas in the 21st Century? Coastal Dynamics 2013). The works at Poole Bay will be of national importance given the Sand Motor concept has never been trialled on beaches in the United Kingdom.

The Marine Management Organisation (MMO) must first grant the licence to allow the placing of sand in the sea.

A grant of £130,000 for the placing of the sand will come from the Environment Agency. SCOPAC are supporting research and monitoring with a £15,000 grant subject to £60,000 from the Environment Agency Research and Development fund.

For further information see

Sandbanks beach, Poole Bay

Project Leaflet, July 2015 (PDF, 2Mb)

Project leaflet July 2015 describing the project and including preliminary observations (PDF, 2Mb)