Jon Miles

Academic profile

Dr Jon Miles

Associate Professor in Coastal Engineering
School of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics (Faculty of Science and Engineering)

The Global Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. Jon's work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

Goal 04: SDG 4 - Quality EducationGoal 07: SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean EnergyGoal 13: SDG 13 - Climate ActionGoal 17: SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

About Jon

Dr Jon Miles has approximately 25 years experience in coastal engineering, coastal processes, and marine renewables.

Coastal engineering related work includes expertise in the measurement and analysis of hydrodymamic and sediment transport processes in-situ. Studies have focussed on: measurement of marine bedforms and associated dynamics; the role of wave-shape in cross-shore sediment transport; sediment transport rates in rip currents; swash zone dynamics on dissipative and intermediate beaches and the role of swash in shoreline change; longshore current strengths and sediment transport; shear waves and their influence on sediment transport rates; and measurement of wave reflection and sediment transport processes in front of seawalls.

Marine renewable interests include tidal energy, marine flow dynamics and scour around offshore wind monopile foundations, wave energy device research including oscillating water columns and overtopping devices. 

Supervised Research Degrees

Andre White (3rd Supervisor) Ongoing. 

James Allen. Development of the WaveCat Wave Energy Converter. 2014-2022. Director of Studies. Complete
Sam Prodger. Impact of grain size on beach morphology. 2013-present. 3rd supervisor. Complete.
Ant Thorpe. Sediment transport in rip currents. 2010-2016 1st supervisor. Complete.
Jonathan Tinker. Modelling profile evolution on natural beaches with a sediment flux shape function. 2004-2009. 3rd Supervisor. Complete.


Coastal Engineering
Port and Harbour Engineering

Hydraulics for Civil Engineering
Research Skills

Contact Jon

Room 207, Marine Building, Drake Circus, Plymouth, PL4 8AA