Coastal Science & Engineering Applications


Estuaries and coasts are highly diverse and dynamic environments. There is an active research community seeking to understand the dynamics of these systems in terms of the governing physical processes, the habitats they provide and the species they support. Translating this Science and Engineering research into Applications is the motivation behind CoastalSEA.



Recent and ongoing projects include:

•  Morphological development of the prograding spit at Pagham Harbour on the South coast of the UK. This study examined the very rapid changes in the spit, over the last 10-15 years, to provide advice on how it might continue to evolve and the consequences of a breach (natural or human induced).

•  The genesis of Flora Bank at the mouth of the Skeena river, Prince Rupert, BC, Canada, in association with SedTrend, Canada ( ).

•  Various reviews of ongoing and proposed coastal and estuarine developments.


Research &

Ongoing research and development includes:

•  Second generation version of ASMITA (a model that aggregates elements to examine long-term morphological change) to include dynamic elements;

•  A toolbox to handle and analyse the data being collected by Local Authorities and the Environment Agency and made available by the Channel Coastal Observatory (;

•  A model to decompose energy flux within an inlet or estuary and examine the variations in space and time.

• Remotely sensed and in-situ tools to measure sediment properties over the surficial layer of the sea bed and tidal flat (top 1-2 metres);

• A method to determine the influence of beach recovery on coastal resilience.



Short courses:

•  ASMITA training course (8-10 hours contact time with ongoing support and software)

•  Introduction to CoastalTools (3 hours contact time with ongoing support and software)

•  ‘Art of Modelling’: a course to provide an introduction to modelling, focussing on the concepts of how to approach a problem, choice of model or model abstraction, and a range of issues associated with interpretation, synthesis and communication of results. (10-15 hours contact time).

For further details please contact us



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These links provide an introduction to each software package and a link to the manuals:

Use the links below to access the latest version each software package:


AsmitaOO 2.7Mb 55 downloads


ModelUI 6.14 MB 44 downloads


CoastalTools 8.64 MB 255 downloads

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    Latest news

    ASMITA OO v1.5

    A new version of ASMITA is now available. This includes a number of bug fixes and the following updates: Added inlet model to allow more complex ebb-flood delta configurations to be modelled; Added option to define element specific equilibrium using tidal range rather than tidal prism; Updated Unit Testing code.

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    CoastalTools v1.9 released

    New version of CoastalTools (version 1.9) now available. This includes the following updates: Added alternative wave breaking models. Modified handling of waves that are away from the shoreline when computing inshore waves. User Model modified to allow user to call models as external functions. Added check that date strings are valid. Added data clean-up tools […]

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    ModelUI v1.1 – minor updates

    v1.1, Issued June 2018: Minor corrections to improve cross-platform compatibility. Fixed bugs when setting data ranges in Data GUIs and selecting data from a pop-up list. Improved plotting option selection for xyz data with no time. Scenario selection added to control of Plot tab.

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    CoastalTools v1.8 released

    New version of CoastalTools (version 1.8) now available This includes some bug fix and minor change to the way beach volumes are calculated as detailed below: Added Simulation option to fit wave energy to observed shoreline positions and use the fit parameters to forecast shoreline position (requires the Matlab Global Optimisation Toolbox). Corrected bug in […]

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    Full release of ModelUI

    Following completion of further testing, the first full version of ModelUI and supporting models has now been released. See ModelUI for further details and Downloads to get the software

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    ModelUI release

    The first version of ModelUI is now available for download.

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