Issue: 42 | June 2016
The second of our new-look newsletters includes the date of this year’s Annual partners Meeting, news about regional activities, and more examples of what is turning out to be a competitive field of best laser scan screenshot. For this month’s feature article, Dr Andy Pearce describes some of the coastal challenges faced by the Eastern Solent Coastal Partnership during the winter, and how the Regional Coastal Monitoring Programme data is feeding into plans for future coastal management along the wider east Solent frontage.
Travis Mason – Regional Co-ordinator
Annual Partners’ Meeting
The Annual Partners’ Meeting will be held on Thursday 3rd November 2016 at Field Place, Worthing.  Invitations and programme will be sent in the autumn, but in the meantime please make a note of the date.  This year’s meeting will concentrate on examples of how the Programme’s data is being used for studies, strategies and sediment budgets.
Proposed new tide gauge for Hasting Pier
Canterbury CC and CCO staff accompanied our hydrodynamics contractors, Fugro EMU, on a visit to Hastings Pier to assess whether the site is suitable to deploy a new tide gauge.  Peter Wheeler, the project engineer for the Hastings Pier Charity, and his staff gave us a detailed tour of the structure and kindly offered much assistance with the installation.  Although there is the possibility that the site may dry on the largest spring tides, there is very little other reliable tide data in the area, and a new gauge will provide a valuable source of real-time tides in Pevensey Bay, together with non-directional wave data close to the shore.  The Pier is suitable for a WaveRadar REX (the same instrument as is installed on Deal Pier), and it is hoped that the deployment can be undertaken this summer/early autumn. The site visit coincided with Worthing and Adur's early morning laser scan survey. 
Coronation Parade, Folkestone

The span of arches that run along Sunny Sands is called Coronation Parade. This 340m long structure was built in the late 1930s as a sea defence and it stops the cliff from behind eroding and protects a number of homes, businesses and assets.  The concrete arches and access way are generally in a poor condition - reinforcement bars are exposed in many places and in some parts have been entirely eroded away.  There is extensive concrete spalling, rust staining, efflorescence and cracking of the reinforced concrete structure throughout.  The deck of the promenade is cracked and the soffits of the arches are hazardous due to spalled sections of concrete, making them a potential danger to the public.
Concrete Repair Ltd. have been awarded the contract to the sum of £2m for a duration of 35 weeks.  Works comprise  patch repairs to the concrete structure, protection of the reinforcement by way of impressed current probe anode strings placed into holes drilled into the structure. To protect the promenade/accessway and waterproof the structure, an asphalt wearing course will be laid. Timber fenders will be attached to the front for protection against mechanical  abrasive action from the beach.
The contractors commenced work at the end of May 2016.  Before work started, Canterbury CC in conjunction with CCO surveyors carried out a laser scan survey of the cliffs behind the parade, which also captured the structures and lower foreshore in great detail.
AWAC’S available for loan to partners
Two Nortek AWAC’s have recently become available for loan use by the Coastal Monitoring Programme.  The instruments are particularly suitable for providing data to calibrate or validate coastal models, since they provide directional waves, current profiles, water elevation and a measure of turbidity.  Typically, they are deployed for one to two months at one location, then during a service visit can be re-deployed in a different location.  Borough of Poole has kindly donated the AWAC used in the Poole Bay Nearshore Replenishment Trial for use by programme partners.  Furthermore, our colleagues from the Northwest Coastal Monitoring Programme have an AWAC which has been de-commissioned temporarily, and have kindly offered it to programme partners for short-term use. Both instruments can be made available via our hydrodynamics contractors, Fugro EMU Limited.  If you would like to make use of an AWAC, please contact Travis Mason in the first instance.
Coastal Zone Drone 
On a recent survey on the Isle of Wight, CCO surveyors were shadowed by a French film crew who are making a 1-hour documentary on coastal issues for French national TV.  The crew filmed a laser scan survey of St Helen’s Bay and returned the following day to capture the survey activity with a drone.  By coincidence, the drone was captured by the scanner!  The film crew also spent some time with Isle of Wight Council coastal staff and the National Trust who gave them a good insight into the variety of coastal management on the island.  The camera crew spent several days on the island, before travelling to East Anglia and North Yorkshire for further filming.  The documentary is due to be aired in the late summer.
Update of Realtime Section of Website
The Realtime section of has been updated over the past couple of months to make it more compatible across devices including tablets and smartphones. The layout and buttons have been updated to improve usability and the tables and graphs now auto fit and reposition for smaller screen sizes. Minor tweaks are still being made but please use the Feedback link at the top of each page if you have any comments or suggestions for improvements.
Northeast habitat mapping
In 2015 BAP habitats were mapped from 2012 and 2013 aerial photography covering the coastal strip between Berwick-upon-Tweed and Flamborough Head. The mapping made use of a substantial copy of Ordnance Survey MasterMap polygons, therefore the polygons themselves can’t be made available on the map viewer. However, in a similar manner to the Southeast’s  habitat mapping, A4 PDFs of 10x10km OS tiles can be downloaded from, along with a full legend and report. MasterMap licences can obtain the shapefiles from the Northeast Regional Coastal Monitoring Programme (contact
CCO takes to the skies this summer
We are pleased to announce IIC technologies have been awarded the contract to collect aerial photography for the Southeast region this summer. They will collect high-resolution (10x10 cm per pixel) colour and near infrared imagery which will be made available under the Open Government Licence on The flights will be carried out during low spring tides to ensure the intertidal areas above Mean Low Water Springs level are captured under dry conditions.
More Congratulations!

In memory of Professor Andy Bradbury, whose sudden death in August 2014 was mourned by the entire coastal engineering community, SCOPAC have founded the “Bradbury Bursary”.  The bursary of £500 is open to students studying on the MSc Engineering in the Coastal Environment at the University of Southampton, for a dissertation topic expected to be of benefit to the SCOPAC coastline.  Further details of the bursary can be found at:
We are delighted to report that the inaugural Bradbury Bursary has recently been awarded to CCO’s Lauren Burt.  Lauren is sponsored by New Forest District Council to undertake the MSc part-time, and her research is to investigate the physical and geotechnical properties of the substrate in the lee of Hurst Spit. Lauren will use the bursary to help fund fieldwork, including borehole drilling and high-standard geotechnical sediment analysis to undertake ground investigations at Hurst Spit.  

Eastern Solent Coastal Partnership
It has been a busy winter for the team at the ESCP, with severe damage sustained to seawalls at the Pyramids (Portsmouth), Stokes Bay (Gosport), Hill Head (Fareham), and a breach in a historic masonry seawall in Old Portsmouth.  A reduction in beach levels at Eastoke, Hayling Island also occurred, which necessitated that the annual beach recycling campaign be brought forward to maintain the standard of protection.
Analysis of wave buoy data by the CCO has also revealed the highest ever occurrence of bimodal waves at Hayling Island in December 2015. Bi-modal wave conditions were measured for 38% of the month, the highest for any wave buoy site, compared to the December average of just 11%. Bracklesham and Milford wave buoys also recorded very high percentages of occurrence at 32% and 34% respectively.  The Hayling Island wave buoy also measured the largest significant wave height since the buoy's deployment measuring 4.40m Hs on 28 March 2016.  The previous highest during the 2013/14 storms was 4.13m (05-Feb-2014 14:30).
Temporary repairs have been completed at the Pyramids and works are now well underway to repair the other damaged defences and restore healthy beach levels at Hayling prior to next winter’s storms. The ESCP are analysing Southeast Coastal Monitoring Programme data to produce coastal process studies along the Fareham, Gosport and Portsmouth frontages, as well as updating the Beach Management Plan at Hayling Island.  These studies aim to better the understanding of the coastal processes along our frontage, which will inform our capital and maintenance programme.  
Sea wall damage at the Pyramids
Southeast Regional Coastal Monitoring Programme Area Representatives
Isle of Grain to Beachy Head 
Jonathan Clarke, Canterbury City Council, 
01227 862535
Beachy Head to Selsey Bill    
Dan Amos, Adur & Worthing Councils,
01903 221376
Selsey Bill to Portland Bill
Andrew Colenutt, New Forest District Council,
02380 598468 

Channel Coastal Observatory
02380 598467
Social Media
Please follow us on Twitter to keep right date with all things coastal.  We also have numerous and growing number of informative videos on YouTube! The Aldwick to Selsey frontage was surveyed in late January and an updated animation showing its change since 2003 will be available via our YouTube channel soon.

Please click on the links below to follow and subscribe.
Copyright © 2016 Channel Coastal Observatory, all rights reserved.

Our mailing address is:
Channel Coastal Observatory
National Oceanography Centre
European Way
SO14 3ZH

Want to change how you receive these emails?
You can update your preferences or unsubscribe from this list
Subscribe to Channel Coast News

This email was sent to <<Email Address>>
why did I get this?    unsubscribe from this list    update subscription preferences
Channel Coastal Observatory · National Oceanography Centre · European Way · Southampton, Hampshire SO14 3ZH · United Kingdom

Email Marketing Powered by MailChimp