Probably the most significant of the coastal research activities in recent years
has been the establishment of the Strategic Regional Coastal Monitoring Programmes.
The South-East Programme started in 2002 and the South-West programme followed in
2006. Anglia, East Riding, the North-east and the North-west have now received approval
from Defra to undertake a similar approach in their respective regions to ensure
a nationally consistent approach to coastal monitoring.
The programmes are funded by Defra and a specialist team has been established at
the Channel Coastal Observatory within the National Oceanographic Centre, Southampton,
to manage the programme and develop the data analysis, storage and dissemination
Significant advances have been made in data collection and management as a result
of this long-term programme.