New understanding and prediction of storm impacts on gravel beaches (NUPSIG)

Key dates

1 March 2011: Start of NUPSIG
7 March 2011: NUPSIG Partners meeting
11 January 2012: NUPSIG Partners meeting
March 2012: Fieldwork at Loe Bar
7 February 2013: NUPSIG Partners meeting
November 2012: March 2013 Storm response data collection
April 2013: International Coastal Symposium
Summer 2014: User workshop


1 December 2011: Introduction to XBeach 
Summer 2014: Application of process-based models for gravel coasts

Journal articles

Poate, T., Masselink, G., Davidson, M., McCall, R., Russell, P.E., Turner, I., (2013), High frequency in-situ field measurements of morphological response on a fine gravel beach during energetic wave conditions. Marine Geology, 342, 1-13. doi: 10.1016/j.margeo.2013.05.009.

Conference proceedings


Masselink, G., Keynote: The importance of field research and numerical modelling in coastal morphodynamic research: why 1+1 > 2. All at Sea, York, England

McCall, R.T., Masselink, G., Poate, T., Bradbury, A., Russell, P., Davidson, M., Predicting overwash on gravel barriers. Proceedings 12th International Coastal Symposium, Journal of Coastal Research, Special Issue No. 65. Plymouth, United Kingdom. ISSN 0749-0208. Full paper.


Poate, T., McCall, R., Masselink, G., Russell, P., Davidson, M., Contrasting storm impacts on gravel beaches - examples from South England. International Conference of Coastal Engineering, Santander. doi:10.9753/icce.v33.sediment.84. Full paper.

McCall, R., Masselink, G., Roelvink, D., Russell, P., Davidson, M., Poate, T., Modelling overwash and infiltration on gravel barriers. International Conference of Coastal Engineering, Santander. doi:10.9753/icce.v33.currents.34. Full paper.


Plymouth 'storm-chasers' defend UK coastline. BBC News England website. 19 December 2012.

Storm impacts on gravel beaches. Radio interview. BBC Spotlight. 17 March 2012.

Research team aims to predict response of storm-hit beaches. Engineer Online. 20 March 2012.

Sands used as research base to study impact of rising sea levels. Herald Express (Torquay), page 34. 30 April 2010.