Dr Christopher Stokes
Senior Research Fellow (Impact)
School of Biological and Marine Sciences (Faculty of Science and Engineering)
- Senior Research Consultant for the Coastal Marine Applied Research (CMAR) consultancy group.
Kit has been a consultant for CMAR since October 2015. Since then he has worked on coastal processes consultancy projects relating to engineering and major infrastructure, coastal flooding, coastal erosion, beach safety, and marine renewable energy impact assessment, with the projects spanning England, Ireland, Scotland, New Zealand, South Africa, and Cape Verde. Kit's research and consultancy projects often involve numerical modelling of coastal processes and forecasting of coastal hazards such as flooding and rip currents. Since 2015, Kit has worked with many of the NGOs involved in UK coastal management, including Royal National Lifeboat Institution, National Trust, Natural England, and Duchy of Cornwall, and Environment Agency.
In 2015 Kit completed a PhD investigating the effects of wave energy extraction on waves, beach morphology, and coastal water-users. He has a wide range of analytical and fieldwork experience, including completing around 100 topographic beach surveys, assisting in multiple storm response surveys, conducting social research, and statistical analysis and modelling. He has authored 6 peer-reviewed journal articles, 2 conference papers, and has presented at 5 international conferences. Prior to his PhD, Kit worked as an assistant coastal modeller at a consultancy in New Zealand, focusing on beach response to submerged structures. He recently completed a consultancy project for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution where he developed a statistical model of life risk at beaches throughout the British Isles, which will inform the roll out of future lifeguard services.
- Impact fellow for the 5-year NERC funded SWEEP project
(2011-2015) PhD Coastal impacts of Marine Renewable Energy.
(2010-2011) Assistant coastal modeller; ASR Marine Consulting; Raglan; NZ.(2009) MSc Applied Marine Science.
(2008) BSc Surf Science and Technology.
- Beach morphodynamics
- Wave climate and nearshore processes
- Stakeholder interactions with the coastal zone
- Wave transmission across structures
Key publications are highlightedJournals
2018 'Modelling Offshore Wave farms for Coastal Process Impact Assessment: Waves, Beach Morphology, and Water Users' Energies , DOI Open access
2017 'Application of multiple linear regression and Bayesian belief network approaches to model life risk to beach users in the UK' Ocean & Coastal Management 139, 12-23 , DOI Open access
2016 'Subtidal and Intertidal Three-Dimensionality at a High Energy Macrotidal Beach' Journal of Coastal Research 75, (sp1) 472-476 , DOI
2015 'Observation and prediction of three-dimensional morphology at a high-energy macrotidal beach' GEOMORPHOLOGY 243, 1-13 , DOI Open access
2014 'Anticipated Coastal Impacts: What coastal water-users think of marine renewables and why' Ocean and Coastal Management
2014 'Coastal impacts of marine renewables: perception of breaker characteristics by beach water users' Journal of Coastal Research (70) 389-394 , DOI
2013 'Exploring Monthly To Seasonal Beach Morphodynamics Using Empirical Orthogonal Functions' Journal of Coastal Research, Special Issue 65, 1868-1873 , DOI
2014 'Perceptions of the Inshore Wave Resource by Beach Water-Users in the lee of Wave Hub' 2nd International Conference on Environmental Interactions of Marine Renewable Energy Technologies (EIMR2014) Stornoway, Isle of Lewis, Outer Hebrides, Scotland 4-/-0/20145-/-0/2014
2013 'Exploring monthly to seasonal beach morphodynamics using empirical orthogonal functions' 1868-1873 , DOI
2012 'Understanding the role of stakeholders in the wave energy consenting process: engagement and sensitivities' 4th International Conference on Ocean Energy Dublin, Ireland 0-/-1/20120-/-1/2012