CMAR - Coastal Marine Applied Research: Projects

Mapping of nearshore current circulation around Ventnor Haven entrance

Location: Ventnor Haven, UK
Project dates: December 2016 - February 2017
Clients: Royal Haskoning DHV

  • GPS drifter study of nearshore currents.
  • Analysis of contrasting wave and tide conditions.
  • Quantification of current speed and flow direction.
  • Data provided to help validate a numerical model.

          "Great work you did there CMAR and great to work with you on such a complex issue"

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Improving SEPA’s national coastal flood hazard dataset

Location: Scotland, UK
Project dates: June 2016 - August 2016
Clients: CREW, Scotland’s Centre of Expertise for Waters, and the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA)

  • Desk-based study to investigate ways to better incorporate wave setup and runup, and wind setup components in SEPA's coastal flood risk maps. 
  • Review of scientific, peer-reviewed literature on coastal flood modelling.
"CMAR provided us with high quality advice with an excellent understanding of our requirements. The work was delivered on time and to a high standard. I would have no hesitation in recommending the team. Many thanks!"

Quantification of beach risk in The UK and Republic of Ireland

Location: Desk-based study
Project dates: October 2014 – July 2015
Client: Royal National Lifeboat Institution

  • Generation of an agreed list of British beaches.
  • Identification and collation of relevant and feasible risk-related beach parameters.
  • Statistical predictions of beach user numbers, beach hazard, and overall life risk at 644 beaches.

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Topographic rip currents around coastal groyne structures

Location: Bournemouth, UK
Project dates: October 2012
Clients: Royal National Lifeboat Institution and the UK Met Office

  • Ten day field experiment.
  • Observation from both fixed instruments (wave, tide and current meters) and GPS-drifters.
  • Quantification of topographic rip currents and rip circulation patterns.
  • Calibration and validation of a numerical model (XBeach).
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Analysis of wave loading on sea defences

Location: Fistral beach, Newquay, UK
Project dates: December 2014
Client: Geo Consulting Engineering

  • Estimation of wave set-up at the structure from nearshore wave buoy measurements.
  • Prediction of tidal elevation using a calibrated harmonic method.
  • Estimation of 1 per cent exceedance atmospheric (wind and inverse barometric effect) surge statistics using tide gauge data and a Monte Carlo method.
  • Weibull analysis of a peak wave height time series to predict the 5, 10, 20, 50 and 100 year return significant wave heights at the structure toe for different toe depth scenarios.

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South Efford marsh monitoring

Location: South Efford
Project dates: 2012 – 2016
Client: Environment Agency

  • Modelling frequency and duration of tidal inundation.
  • Regular terrestrial laser scanning of entire salt marsh.
  • Analysis of sediment and seed deposition.
  • Ecological monitoring including plant survey.
  • Marsh surface samples for foraminiferal analysis.

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Perranporth beach bathymetry survey

Location: Perranporth, Cornwall, UK.
Project dates: May 2014
Client: Southampton University

  • Combined supratidal and subtidal survey.
  • Single-beam bathymetric survey.
  • RTK-GPS topographic survey.
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Assessing the performance of Boscombe artificial surfing reef

Location: Boscombe, Bournemouth, UK
Project dates: May 2010
Client: Bournemouth Borough Council

  • Wave refraction modelling over the measured reef bathymetry to examine wave focusing and breaking on the reef.
  • Surfer mounted Global Positioning System (GPS) data recorded during surfing sessions at the reef and the beaches next to Boscombe pier.
  • Tidal height predictions, providing estimates of water level on the reef during observations.
  • Observation of surfer numbers on the reef and pier beaches taken by Seafront Rangers.

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