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