Issue: 49 | October 2017

A particularly busy period of surveys in September and October has seen all the survey teams out on site, as shown in several of our articles below, some of which have taken advantage of newer technology such as AUV’s which will surely feature more widely in years to come.  This, and other interesting new techniques for more rapid or intense data capture, will be at the centre of our forthcoming Annual Partners Meeting, and we hope as many of our programme partners and associates as possible will be able to join us.
Travis Mason – Regional Co-ordinator
2017 Annual Partners Meeting - REMINDER

The 2017 Annual Partners Meeting will be held on Wednesday 25th October at Field Place, Worthing.  
CCO 15th Party
This year marks the 15th anniversary of the Southeast Regional Coastal Monitoring Programme.  To mark this occassion, the Channel Coastal Observatory hosted an informal catch-up at the National Oceanography Centre on 5th October 2017.    

Everyone who had worked on the survey programme at Canterbury CC, Worthing BC, the Channel Coastal Observatory and the Environment Agency (Southern Region) were invited, along with others who have been instrumental to the delivery of the programme over the past 15 years. Some 40 colleagues, old and new, gathered in the NOC cafeteria for our traditional tea and stickies, and a survey-themed quiz. David Lowsley, from the winning quiz team, did us the honour of cutting the cake.
New wheels for Worthing

Adur & Worthing Council’s Coastal Survey Team have been undertaking interim autumn surveys along all the accessible frontage between Selsey Bill and Rye Harbour using our Renishaw mobile laser scanner and Trimble GPS equipment, mounted on two brand new Honda All-Terrain Vehicles (ATVs). The first autumn survey was undertaken at Elmer and Climping (Survey Unit 4dSU19 and 20) on the 5th September, with the final survey at Bexhill (4cSU22) planned for 24th October.
Several fixed wing, Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) surveys have also been captured by 4dOcean due to other survey commitments and limited tidal windows. Surveys have been undertaken at Pagham Harbour following a second breach of the spit, along the cliffed frontage at Seaford Head following a number of recent cliff falls (see image below) and at Cuckmere Haven which is a new, fairly inaccessible frontage to be surveyed in this phase. Data from these surveys are currently being processed by 4dOcean before delivery to us.
Novel use of API

We are delighted to report a highly imaginative use of the website's newly-launched API.  A website user from East Sussex has told us of his plans to use real-time data from the met station at Brighton to automate the process of lowering electronically-controlled shutters to protect his windows from damage in high winds.  He is using the trend of the 10 minute data to predict when winds may exceed 15 m/s from a defined direction band, thus triggering the shutters to close, and subsequently open again once the wind speeds drop below the threshold.  He commented that many people could benefit from having warning smart-devices that forecast local conditions, so that residents living in exposed areas can take action to protect their properties before they realise the wind is already too strong. 
We very much hope that this will be the first of many such enterprising uses of the API.
Beach operations across Kent
Coastal Monitoring data has informed beach recycling operations across Kent over the last few months, with operations at Kingsdown and Swalecliffe, and operations planned between Hythe and Folkestone. The works are part of various schemes across Kent led by the East Kent Engineering Partnership. In addition the Environment Agency are carrying out beach recycling work at Northern Sea Wall, informed by coastal monitoring data and a new beach design developed by Canterbury City Council.
Extraction area at Swalecliffe, North Kent
Topping up the groyne bays at Kingsdown, East Kent

Real-time data dashboard

It is now possible to create a personal “dashboard” on the real-time page to display graphs and tables from different instruments on the same page. Click the “My Dashboard” button in the top right hand corner and log in using your website account. When you log in for the first time, all that is visible is the “how to” guide. Go back to the real-time home page and open one of the instruments’ charts. Click the star next to a table or graph to add it to your dashboard. The stars of graphs and tables that have already been added to your dashboard will turn yellow.

On the dashboard itself you can rearrange the graphs by dragging them, lock them by clicking the padlock icon, resize them by dragging the bottom right corner of each graph or delete them by clicking the red cross. Locked graphs can’t be resized or deleted. Clicking the graph will open it in a new browser tab. The graphs on your dashboard will automatically update to the latest available data.

Southsea Coastal Scheme
The Southsea Coastal Scheme will stretch 4.5 km along Southsea’s frontage and will reduce the risk of significant flooding for over 100 years. It presents a unique opportunity to stimulate regeneration, creating a vibrant place for business and leisure as well as protecting the cultural heritage. To support the multidisciplinary design team, the Eastern Solent Coastal Partnership (ESCP) have been undertaking topographic and laser scans of the existing coastal defence assets.  These will be applied both in the development of the scheme design building information model (BIM), and in developing accurate visualisations to support stakeholder and public engagement for the scheme. For further information visit  
Terrestrial habitat mapping tiles available
The habitat mapping of the 2013 aerial photography has now been completed. The mapping is available in 10k tiles, downloadable as shapefiles from the website. Region-wide shape files of individual habitats can also be downloaded.  If you require the mapping in MapInfo format, please contact, who can provide you with the relevant tiles for your area.
South Hayling

£3.3 million has been secured by the Eastern Solent Coastal Partnership (ESCP) to continue beach management along South Hayling Island. The beach management will reduce flood and coastal erosion risk to 1,555 homes, 170 commercial properties and important infrastructure at Eastoke. The Beach Management Plan includes design and consenting for the entire South Hayling Island frontage from the Ferry Boat Inn in the west to Black Point Spit in the east.
The first phase of annual beach recycling activities started in October 2017 (photos below). Through collaborative working with our neighbours, Hayling Golf Club, supported by over 12 years of beach monitoring data from the Regional Coastal Monitoring Programme, the ESCP have been able to unlock a new source of local material at Gunner Point. This material will be recycled back by truck along the beach from Gunner Point to Eastoke, to replenish this vital defence. For further information visit
Welsh language addition to website

As mentioned in the May newsletter, Vale of Glamorgan Council has kindly made available the data from their wave/tide gauge and met station on Penarth Pier.  The real-time page for Penarth, and all the other sites off the Welsh coast, now have an option to be viewed in Welsh.  Fortuitously, one of the oceanographers from our hydrodynamics contractor, Fugro GB Marine Limited, is a Welsh speaker and using his contacts with other translators was able to produce a translation which included all the scientific terms used on the website.
Storm surge hits north Kent
A North Sea storm surge generated in part by strong North-Westerly winds hit parts of North Kent on the 5th and 6th October, with surges above 50 cm on three consecutive high tides. Engineers were on site to operate coastal sluice gates, flood barriers and to monitor the situation as it arose.
Laser scanner trivia
Since the arrival of the laser scanner at the CCO in 2012: 
  • 20,500,000 data points per survey
  • 8,250,000,000 data points captured
  • 6,868 scanner set-ups
  • 606 km length of beach covered - approximately the distance between Southampton and Berwick-upon-Tweed
Southeast Regional Coastal Monitoring Programme
Area Representatives

Isle of Grain to Beachy Head 
Claire French, Canterbury City Council, 
01227 862 537

Beachy Head to Selsey Bill    
Dan Amos, Adur & Worthing Councils, 
01903 221376
Selsey Bill to Portland Bill
Stuart McVey, New Forest District Council, 
02380 598641

Channel Coastal Observatory 
02380 598467
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