SCOPAC Research – completed 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.

Completed 2001 – present day

Weymouth Harbour Walls, copyright Dorset Council

Exploring some of the challenges for continued use of steel sheet-piles for FCERM in coastal settings

SCOPAC Minor funds contribution 2020-2021 \ Rob Thomas, Dorset Council and Alan Frampton, BCP Council: £4,000
Project Report published November 2022

Bibliographic Database - scanning old documents

Major project 2021-2023 \ Emma Harris and Charlie White, Coastal Partners: £10,000

Healthy Estuaries project 2020

Minor funds contribution 2019-2020 \ Jo Brooksbank, Natural England: £2,000
Results published February 2021

Tracer Pebble Study, Langstone Harbour entrance

SCOPAC Minor funds contribution 2018-2020 \ Alex Hillawi, Coastal Partners: £4,000 

Digitising the Poole Harbour tide gauge

SCOPAC minor funds contribution \ Dr Ivan Haigh, University of Southampton: £4,000 + Environment Agency Wessex contribution £5,000
Report published September 2021

Tracer Pebble Study, Preston Beach

Dave Picksley, Environment Agency and Sacha Neill, Coastal Partners: £5,000 (2018-2020)

SCOPAC Storm Analysis Study

Dr Matthew Wadey, BCP Council, Dr Ivan Haigh and Addina Inayatillah, University of Southampton and Emily Last, Coastal Partners: £25,000 (2018-2020)
“Coastal storms: detailed analysis of observed sea level and wave events in the SCOPAC region (southern England)” – technical report published January 2021

Maintenance of coastal structures – Phase 1: Timber groynes

A study incorporated into the CIRIA Manual (C793) ‘Groynes in Coastal Engineering: Guide to design, monitoring and maintenance of narrow footprint groynes’, published December 2020

Assessing the performance of timber groynes

RSK Environment Ltd for Bournemouth Borough Council: SCOPAC contribution £10,000 (2015-2017)
Bournemouth Groyne Field report published November 2018

At Pevensey Bay “Groyne GP10: Assessment of lesser known species of tropical timber” published July 2021

Vegetated Shingle Study, Hurst Spit

New Forest District Council: £5,000 (2017-2018)
“Assessing the dynamics of vegetated shingle Hurst Spit case study 2013-2017” report published May 2018

SCOPAC Coastal Landfills Study

Coastal Partners (formerly Eastern Solent Coastal Partnership): £70,000 (2016-2018).
Funded by Southern RFCC and Wessex RFCC local levy (£67,000) + a contribution from LGA SiG (£3,000)
Results presented to the national Flood and Coast Conference 2018. “Coastal Flooding, Erosion and Funding Assessment” report & infographic published 2019

Beach response in front of structures in open coast

SCOPAC Minor funds contribution 2015-2017 \ Eastern Solent Coastal Partnership: £4,000
Toe Scour Research Project; report published October 2018

Poole Bay Nearshore Replenishment Trial 2015-2016

Borough of Poole Council: £15,000 contribution (2014-2017)
Project report published March 2018

SCOPAC Sediment Transport Study 2012 Update

Channel Coast Observatory: FDGiA £150,000 with additional contributions from SCOPAC (2014-2017)

Published online in 2017. The most utilised of SCOPAC’s research, the SCOPAC Sediment Transport Study provides a clear understanding of coastal processes across the region, and helps to underpin the development of strategy studies, schemes and future shoreline management policy.

Offshore to onshore transport across distinct landforms at Church Norton Spit

SCOPAC Minor funds contribution 2015-2016 \ University of Sussex (lead): £4,000
The project was carried out as part of an undergraduate thesis by Lucy White at the University of Sussex – published 2016

Offshore sediment pathways in Poole and Christchurch Bays

SCOPAC Minor funds contribution 2013-2016 \ University of Southampton: £4,000
Coastal sediment budget project; report published October 2016

Seabed Mapping project, Selsey to Eastoke 2013-2015

SCOPAC Minor funds contribution 2013-2015 \ Channel Coast Observatory: up to £4,000
Funding awarded to map a 40km² block of the 2013 East Solent swath bathymetry. Report published January 2015

SCOPAC Sediment Stores & Sinks Study

Channel Coast Observatory: £25,000 (2011-2014)
“Evolution of Coastal Sediment Stores and Sinks across the SCOPAC region” published June 2014

Non-standard rock groynes in Poole and Christchurch Bays

SCOPAC Minor funds contribution 2011-2013 \ Bournemouth Borough Council: £4,000 (£2,000 2011/12 and £2,000 2012/13)
Report published March 2013

Tracer Pebble Study, East Solent, Phase II

SCOPAC Minor funds contribution 2011-2013 \ Coastal Partners: £4,000

SCOPAC Sediment Transport Bibliographic Database 2012

SCOPAC 6 (2012). Channel Coast Observatory, David Carter and the University of Portsmouth

The 2012 Bibliographic Database comprises some 5,700 references to relevant shoreline management reports and publications for the 400 kilometre frontage of the SCOPAC region. Searchable by author, topic and/or area.

ACCESS: Adapting to Climate Change along England’s Southern Shorelines

Channel Coast Observatory: £26,000, Halcrow: £20,500, Coastal and Geotechnical Services: £14,000 (2011)
Project report published 2011

Tracer Pebble Study, East Solent, Phase I

SCOPAC Minor funds contribution 2010-2011 \ Coastal Partners: £1,500

Extreme Wave Conditions within the SCOPAC region

Professor A Bradbury: £10,000 (2008/09) and £8,000 (2009/10) 
A review of regional wave climate and implications for shoreline management – extremes, swell, bimodal conditions

RESPONSE European Project

Responding to the risks from climate change on the coast. RESPONSE was supported by the European Union’s LIFE-Environment Programme (DG Environment) for sustainable development. SCOPAC Contribution (2006-2009).
Project maps available to download

SCOPAC Sediment Transport Study 2004

University of Portsmouth

Covering the coastline of central-southern England between Lyme Regis (Dorset) and Shoreham-By-Sea (West Sussex), the 2004 web-enabled report constituted a thorough revision of the original Sediment Transport Study commissioned by SCOPAC in 1990. It has since been superceded by a 2012 update

Strategic Regional Coastal Monitoring Programmes

Channel Coast Observatory: SCOPAC contribution (2002-present day)
Probably the most significant of the coastal research activities in recent years

Preparing for the Impacts of Climate Change

Halcrow Marine, University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, University of Portsmouth and the Meteorological Office (2001)
“A Strategy for Long Term Planning and Management of the Shoreline in the Context of Climate Change Predictions”, published 2001

Coastline evolution – animations

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.

Animation centering on the Isle of Wight and Solent River basin

Animation centering on the coastline from Lyme Regis to Portland