Southern Coastal Group & SCOPAC

Regional Coastal Group for central southern England

Advising & influencing

A source of expertise on matters relating to the coast, for the benefit of Regional Flood and Coastal Committees (RFCC) and other stakeholders

Research & development

Successfully developing and delivering research within and beyond the Group boundaries in relation to coastal zone management and monitoring

Sharing knowledge

Aiming to be the natural and chosen forum for coastal practitioners to discuss coastal management problems and share best practice

Portland Bill to Selsey Bill

including the Isle of Wight

The Southern Coastal Group and SCOPAC is the Regional Coastal Group for central southern England.

As a technical group principally comprising coastal managers, planners and others with a knowledge of shoreline management, our primary objective is to be a source of expertise, advice and influence to the Regional Flood and Coastal Committees and other stakeholders on matters relating to the 648 km coastline between Portland Bill in Dorset and Selsey Bill in West Sussex, including the whole of the coastline of the Isle of Wight.

SCOPAC Research & Group Programmes


The SCG and SCOPAC plays a key role in the successful development and delivery of research in the field of coastal risk management, and has an overview of the Regional Habitat Creation Programme.

Where appropriate, research may reflect our original SCOPAC boundary extent, which was Lyme Regis to Shoreham-on-sea.

SCOPAC Storm Analysis Study

Solent and South Downs Regional Habitat Compensation Programme

Annual Review Report 2019 & 2020 now online

SCOPAC Storm Analysis Study

SCG / SCOPAC Conference

January 2021 – our first annual Conference focused on the recently completed Storm Analysis research project

SCOPAC Storm Analysis Study

SCOPAC Storm Analysis Study

Technical Report (December 2020) Infographic and PowerPoint presentation now online

Latest News

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Quick links

SCG and SCOPAC Regional SMPs

South Devon & Dorset SMP2

Poole & Christchurch Bays SMP2

North Solent SMP2

Isle of Wight SMP2

South Downs SMP2

Links above lead directly to the local SMP documentation; for information about regional SMPs please visit

SCOPAC Sediment Transport Study


Covering the coastline between Start Point, Devon and Beachy Head, East Sussex. 2012 update, published 2017