Futurecoast Datasets available to download

October 2018: The futurecoast project was commissioned by Defra in 2002 to support the Shoreline Management Review process. It collated and assessed available knowledge on past change at different scales, and described the way in which our coastline might be expected to evolve in the coming decades. The project was originally distributed on CD but over time access to information has declined. Much of the knowledge and assessment remains relevant so the Defra/EA/WG Research and Development programme has funded a new route to the futurecoast datasets making them readily useable for years to come

A Toxic Legacy? Coastal Landfill - erosion, flooding, legality and funding

July 2018: Many landfill sites are poorly defended and are at risk of releasing waste, whilst others undergo expensive temporary repairs rather than capital works. The Eastern Solent Coastal Partnership (ECPS), as part of the SCOPAC Landfills Study, assessed (1) existing possible funding mechanisms, (2) the scale of the problem and (3) whether possible funding sources may be devised. A presentation of the group’s findings was made at the 2018 National Flood and Coast Conference, Telford

CITiZAN (Coastal and Intertidal Zone Archaeological Network)

September 2015: Lauren Tidbury of MOLA gave a presentation on CITiZAN to the SCOPAC members meeting. Significant archaeological sites along our coast and on the foreshores of our tidal estuaries are continually eroded by winds, waves and tidal scour. CITiZAN is the first systematic national response to this threat

Government Coastal Flood Group: Response and Recovery Guide Executive Summary

Edition 2, November 2014: This document was originally published July 2013 and set out the general principles of how Government would organise itself centrally in the event of a wide area coastal flood. The timing of its publication was fortuitous as the guide proved a useful reference tool during the winter flooding 2014/15

Beach Management: lessons learnt from past scheme performance of different modelling approaches

May 2014: with comparative analysis from 11 UK sites including Preston Beach, Bournemouth and Hurst Spit – the research investigated the lessons that can be learned from the actual performance of schemes compared with original model expectations and draws upon anecdotal information gathered through engagement with industry practitioners

SR01 - Review of south coast beach response to wave conditions in the winter of 2013-2014

April 2014: This report examines the regional beach erosion patterns and wave conditions arising during the winter of 2013-14, compared to previous years. Part of the Southeast Regional Coastal Monitoring Programme. A.P. Bradbury and T.E. Mason, Channel Coastal Observatory

Recent Coastal Storms & Flooding Events

January 2014: Overview of recent coastal flooding events – actions, lessons learned and implications. A presentation to SCOPAC by Neil Watson and Andy Bradbury

The Arch-Manche project: Archaeology and art as indicators of coastal change

January 2014: Overview of recent coastal flooding events – actions, lessons learned and implications. A presentation to SCOPAC by Garry Momber of the Maritime Archaeology Trust

Coastal Erosion – Good or Bad for Lyme Regis?

This 25-minute film was produced in 2016, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund as part of the Lyme Regis Museum expansion. It was made by Richard Edmunds and a small team in conjunction with sixth form Geography and Photography students from the local Woodroffe School.

The film investigates coastal erosion at Lyme Regis, capturing local views about erosion and the threats to the town at a point in time by interviewing a wide range of people on the issue; it also tells us what the pupils themselves got from the project.

The results are of a very high standard.

Grant Aid Funding for Coastal Schemes

In early 2013 the Environment Agency led a workshop to share partnership funding information, to highlight common funding issues or challenges and to agree how practitioners could be best supported:

A Community at Risk - Barton-on-Sea

A presentation from Cllr Fran Carpenter, New Forest District Council, to the SCOPAC meeting of 12th March 2010


Illustrating the most likely coastal change scenario over the last 125,000 years as sea level rise and coastal erosion shapes southern England as we know it today.

Evolution of the Solent River

The animation centres on the Isle of Wight and Solent River basin.

The Quaternary History of the Solent System is dealt with in detail within the Sediment Transport Study

Evolution of Lyme Bay

The animation centres on the coastline from Lyme Regis to Portland.

Managing flood and coastal erosion risks in England: 1 April 2011 to 31 March 2017

A six year summary of the EA’s annual FCERM reports.
March 2018 (pdf, 2Mb)

The Coastal Handbook: a guide to all those working on the coast

A collaborative project between the Environment Agency and Maritime Local Authorities.
June 2010 (pdf, 220pp, 2Mb)