10 November 2009
Final project reports can be downloaded via the Library page.

9 July 2009
System mapping tutorial available here by following link to Coastal system mapping tutorial.

1 July 2009
Project poster presented at Flood & Coastal Risk Management 09 conference available here.

9 July 2008
Project inception report and project file now available for download. Click here.

The Environment Agency has a strategic role with respect to coastal protection and flood risk management. In order to most appropriately manage coastal erosion and marine flood risk, particularly over long timescales and within large scale systems, the Agency requires a clear means of understanding and predicting coastal geomorphological behaviour.

Coastal geomorphology relates to landform features and land forming processes that are shaped by atmospheric, terrestrial and marine processes. In order to quantify the geomorphological evolution of a stretch of coastline, it is necessary to analyse the system state in terms of:

  • the nature of the coastline
  • its origins Its composition
  • its controlling and forcing mechanism
  • its behavioural characteristics.

Coastal landforms are dynamic systems that function over a range of temporal and spatial scales. Due to this dynamism, the understanding and prediction of coastal geomorphological behaviour is a continually evolving science.

The present study provides an opportunity to further develop the ability to understand and predict large scale, longer term coastal evolution.

The client for this study is the UK Environment Agency. The study team will be led by HR Wallingford Ltd and comprises the following organisations:

  • HR Wallingford Ltd
  • Royal Haskoning
  • University College London
  • University of Southampton
  • Newcastle University
  • British Geological Survey
  • Kenneth Pye Associates.

For further information on this study please contact:
Dr Richard Whitehouse
HR Wallingford

Stefan Laeger
Environment Agency