Coastal Cliff Instability Workshop

January 2014

Durdle Door © Lauren Saggers

The fifth workshop in the series “Andy’s Workshops: A Problem Shared” was held at the National Oceanography Centre on 10th January 2014.

Approximately 40 delegates – coastal engineers, scientists, planners, search and rescue officers, consultants and contractors attended the workshop, which commenced with Professor Andy Bradbury providing background information on the basic principles of landsliding and cliff falls.

  • The talks focused on aspects of landsliding and cliff falls, including: Groundwater triggers, monitoring, engineering, emergency response, funding, responsibilities, empowering communities and building resilience.
  • Case studies were presented from Dorset, the Isle of Wight, Barton-on-sea and across Europe.

The workshop came to a close with a question and answers session, whereby delegates submitted a question together with a photo relating to Coastal Cliff Instability.

Presentations & Minutes:

Introduction to the Workshop

PDF (2Mb) / Andy Bradbury, New Forest District Council / Channel Coast Observatory

Dorset County Council Rock Falls and Landslides Protocol

PDF (4Mb) / Richard Edmonds, Dorset County Council

Barton-on-Sea case study

PDF (16Mb) / Peter Ferguson, New Forest District Council

Isle of Wight Coastal Instability

PDF (6Mb) / Peter Marsden, Isle of Wight Council

Living with Ground Instability

PDF (3Mb) / Robin McInnes, Coastal and Geotechnical Services

Laser Scanning Coastal Cliffs and Landslides

PDF (4Mb) / Stuart McVey, Channel Coast Observatory

SCOPAC would like to thank all speakers for their excellent presentations.

The aim of the "Andy’s Workshops: A Problem Shared" series is for officers to share best practice and to assist operating authorities with basic skills development. The target audience is both experienced engineers (to share knowledge) and those new to or about to join the industry. The series is named in honour of Professor Andy Bradbury, Director of the Channel Coastal Observatory, Chairman of the Southern Coastal Group and technical advisor to SCOPAC.