This PhD project will use X-band radar technology as a monitoring tool to advance the understanding of the linkages between oceanographic conditions, nearshore sediment dynamics and coastal change.The proposed research builds from a NERC-funded project, which involves collaboration between the Faculty of Science and Technology at Bournemouth University (BU), the National Oceanography Centre,and practitioners from public (Suffolk Coastal District Council) and private organisations (Mott MacDonald).
We expect to advance the current state-of-the-art in two main topics:
(a) the role of nearshore sediment dynamics in determining the rate and nature of shoreline change; and (b) the application of X-Band radar technology as a coastal monitoring tool to support evidence-based coastal management.A direct practical component of this research concerns the assessment of whether X-band radar systems can provide nearshore data at the spatial and temporal resolutions required to support coastal management applications in the public and private sectors. This applied research element will be developed in collaboration with Suffolk Coastal District Council and Mott MacDonald. This partnership will offer training opportunities spanning the research, public and private sectors and the development of skills greatly valued by employers.
The coast of Suffolk between Sizewell nuclear plant and the village of Thorpeness was selected as the study site due to: the presence of complexity of local seabed features influencing nearshore and shoreline processes; the high rate of coastal erosion; and the great interest from public and private organisations in improving the management of coastal erosion and flooding risk.