SCOPAC Research – current projects

The Southern Coastal Group (SCG) assists in the successful delivery of SCOPAC’s Research programme. Between 1986-2018 SCG and SCOPAC worked together to commission approximately £1.3 million worth of valuable research to the benefit of its members.

Since the merger of SCG and SCOPAC in 2020, our boundary extent is Portland Bill in Dorset to Selsey Bill in Lyme Regis; where appropriate, however, research may reflect the original SCOPAC boundary, which extended from Lyme Regis to Shoreham on Sea.

Weymouth Harbour Walls, copyright Dorset Council

Regional Numeric Model

Dr Matthew Wadey, BCP Council and Alex Hillawi, Coastal Partners

Acoustic Tags

Sacha Neill, Coastal Partners

Hurst Castle Feb 2021 © Zack Maynard, 408 Photography

Protecting Heritage

Alex Hillawi and Charlie White, Coastal Partners

Suitability of remote sensing for Coastal Monitoring

‘Utilisation of RCMP data to understand coastal processes’ project. Awarded 2020/21

Weymouth Harbour Walls, copyright Dorset Council

SCOPAC Sediment Transport Study scoping

Samantha Cope, Coastal Partners

Scanning of historical aerial photography

Environment Agency

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

Channel Coast Observatory and HR Wallingford

“The SCG and SCOPAC research provides a mechanism for local and region-wide issues to be investigated, that may not ordinarily be undertaken by a single Local Authority. The knowledge shared not only benefits officers and members but can lead to much larger research projects being commissioned by central government.”

Dr Samantha Cope, Coastal Partners