Dr Jon Miles
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Dr Jon Miles

Associate Head of School

School of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics (Faculty of Science and Engineering)

Jon can be contacted through arrangement with our Press Office, to speak to the media on these areas of expertise.
  • Longshore transport
  • Rip currents
  • Sea walls
  • Coastal defences
  • Beach processes
  • Beach erosion

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 marine flow dynamics and scour around offshore wind monopile foundations, through laboratory and field observations, wave energy device research including oscillating water columns and overtopping devices, and tidal energy generation.


 

Qualifications

Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (University of Plymouth)

Accredited as a Teacher in Higher Education (University of Plymouth)
PhD: Sediment transport in front of seawalls (University of Plymouth)
BSc Joint Hons Physical Oceanography with Mathematics, (University of Wales, Bangor)

Professional membership

Challenger Society for Marine Science

Teaching interests

Coastal Engineering
Port and Harbour Engineering

Hydraulics for Civil Engineering
Surveying
Matlab
Research Skills

Research interests

 My research experience to date is in the field of coastal processes. I have worked on a number of different projects relating to hydrodynamic and sediment dynamic processes on natural beaches as follows:
14. Renewable Energy in Ports: PORTOS (2019-2023)

13. In-Stream Tidal Energy (TIGER) (2019-2023)
12. Intelligent Community Energy (2017 - 2021)
11. Impact of coastal defences on beaches
10. Environmental Impact of Offshore Windfarms (OFELIA) (2012-2016)
9. In-situ measurement of morphodynamc features (2010-2011)
8. Rip current dynamics and sediment transport (2010-2017)
7. Sediment dynamics in the shoaling, surf and swash zone (2003-2012)
6. The role of swash in shoreline change (measuring sediment transport processes in the nearshore)- 2001-2003
5. COAST3D (Comparison of measurements of nearshore processes with larger scale models) 1998-2001
4. INDIA (Video system for coastal monitoring) 1997-1998
3. COSMOD (Sonar systems for ripple measurement) 1997-1998
2. CSTAB (Nearshore velocity and sediment transport measurements) 1996
1. Effect of seawalls on sediment dynamics, 1993-1997. 

Other research

Invited reviewer for:
Continental Shelf Research
Journal of Geophysical Research
Marine Geology
Journal of Atmospheric and Oceanic Technology

Research degrees awarded to supervised students

James Allen. Development of the WaveCat Wave Energy Converter. 2014-present. Director of Studies. Ongoing
Andre White (3rd Supervisor) Ongoing.

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.

Grants & contracts

EU-Intereg: TIGER: In-stream Tidal Energy Energiser. Interreg. Plymouth PI
EU-Intereg: ICE Intelligent Community Energy. Interreg. Plymouth PI
EU-Intereg PORTOS: Renewable Energy in Ports. Interreg. Plymouth Co-I
School of Engineering. Sand Engineering Research Fundamentals. PI
EU- Intereg IV Offshore windfarms Environmental Impacts (OFELIA). Plymouth Co-I 
School of Marine Science and Engineering. Small grant. Stereo video measurement of marine bedforms. PI 
NERC funded PhD studentship. Sediment transport in rip currents. PI.
School of Marine Science and Engineering. Industry and employability information day for undergraduate students. Co-I.
Marine Institute. Small grant. In-situ video measurement of marine bedforms. PI.
RDA / PRIMARE. Wave Hub Impacts on Shoreline Processes (Co-I).  

 

Key publications

Key publications are highlighted

Journals

De La Torre, O., Hann,M Miles, J., Stripling, S., Greaves, D.,Effect of the current-wave angle on the local scour around circular piles. Submitted to Coastal Engineering.

Allen,J. Iglesias,G Greaves,D Miles,J, 2021. Physical Modelling of the Effect on the Wave Field of the WaveCat WEC. Abstract submitted for EWTEC 2021.

Cui,L., Zheng,S.,Zhang,Y,  Miles,J., Iglesias G., 2020. Wave power extraction from a hybrid oscillating water column-oscillating buoy wave energy converter. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews.

https://doi.org/10.1016/j.rser.2020.110234

Zheng, S., Antonini,A., Zhang,Y., Greaves,D, Miles,J., Iglesias,G., 2020. Wave power extraction from multiple oscillating water columns along a straight coast. Journal of Fluid Mechanics. https://doi.org/10.1017/jfm.2019.656

Zheng,S., Antonini,A., Zhang,Y Miles,J., Greaves,D., Zhua,G., Iglesias, G., 2020 Hydrodynamic performance of a multi-Oscillating Water Column (OWC) platform. Applied Ocean Research. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apor.2020.102168

Allen,J., Sampanis,K., Wan,J Miles,J Greaves D.,and Iglesias, G., Laboratory Tests and Numerical Modelling in the Development of WaveCat. EWTEC2017.

Zheng,S., Antonini,A., Zhang,Y  Miles,J., Iglesias G. 2019. Wave power extraction from a multi-OWC platform. 13th EWTEC 2019. Naples.

Miles,J.,Martin, T., and Goddard, L., 2017. Current and wave effects aroundwindfarmmonopile foundations. CoastalEngineering121, 167-178, Doi 10.106/j.coastaleng.2017.01.003

Prodger,S., Russell, P., Davidson, M., Miles, J. and Scott, T., 2016. Understanding and predicting the temporalvariability of sediment grain size characteristics on high-energy beaches, Marine Geology, DOI10.1016/j.margeo.2016.04.003.

Rogan,C., Miles, J., Simmonds, D., Iglesias, G. 2016.The turbulent wake of a monopile foundation, RenewableEnergy, 22, 222-223.

Allen, J., Sampanis, K., Wan, J.,Greaves, D., Miles, J., Iglesias, G., 2016. Laboratory Tests in the Developmentof WaveCat, Sustainability 8(12), DOI:10.3390/su8121339

Miles, J. and Thorpe, A., 2015. Bedform contributions to cross-shore sediment transport on a dissipative beach. Coastal Engineering 98, 65-77. Doi: 10.1016/j.coastaleng.2015.01.007

Miles, J., Thorpe, A., Russell, P., Masselink, G., 2014. Megaripple dynamics on a dissipative sandy beach. In: Green,A.N. and Cooper, J.A.G. (eds.), Proceedings 13th International Coastal Symposium (Durban, South Africa), Journal of Coastal Research, Special Issue No. 70, pp. 187-192, ISSN 0749-0208. DOI: 10.2112/SI70-032.1

Thorpe, A., Miles. J.R., Masselink, G., Russell, P.E. 2014. Sediment transport and bedform dynamics in a rip current. International Coastal Symposium (Durban, 2014) . SI Journal of Coastal Research.

Miles, J,R, Thorpe, A Russell, P.E Masselink, G., 2014. Observations of bedforms on a dissipative macrotidal beach. Ocean Dynamics. DOI 10.1007/s10236-013-0677-2

Miles, J,R., 2013. Wave shape effects on sediment transport: International Coastal Symposium (Plymouth, 2013), Paper submitted for refereed journal proceedings in Journal of Coastal Research.

Thorpe, A., Miles. J.R., Masselink, G., Russell, P.E. 2013. Suspended sediment transport and bedform dynamics in a rip current. International Coastal Symposium (Plymouth, 2013), Paper submitted for refereed journal proceedings in Journal of Coastal Research.

Butt, T., Russell, P.E., Miles, J. and Turner, I.L., 2007. Sediment transport processes in the swash zone of sandy beaches. International Coastal Symposium, Journal of Coastal Research, Special Issue 50, 636-640. ISSN 0749.0208

Miles J.R. Butt, T., Russell, P.E. 2006. Swash zone sediment dynamics: A comparison of a dissipative and an intermediate beach Marine Geology 231, 181-200.

Butt, T., Russell, P.E., Puleo, J.A., Miles, J.R., and Masselink, G., 2004. The influence of bore turbulence in the swash and inner surf zones. Continental Shelf Research, 24, 757-771.

Kulkarni, C.D., Levoy, F., Montfort, O. and Miles, J. 2004. Morphological variations of a mixed sediment beachface (Teignmouth, UK). Continental Shelf Research. 24, 11, 1203-1218.

Miles , J.R. and Russell, P.E.. 2004 Dynamics of a reflective beach with a low tide terrace. Continental Shelf Research. 24, 11, 1219-1248.

Van Lancker, Lankneus, J., Hearn, S. Hoekstra, P., Levoy, F. Miles, J., Moerkerke, G., Montfort, O. and Whitehouse, R. 2004. Coastal and nearshore morphology, bedforms and sediment transport pathways at Teignmouth (UK). Continental Shelf Research. 24, 11, 1171-1202.

Saulter, A.N., Russell, P.E., Gallagher, E.L. and Miles, J.R., 2003. Observations of bed level change in a saturated surf zone. Journal of Geophysical Research. 108 C4.

Butt, T., Miles. J.R., Ganderton, P. And Russell, P.E. 2002. A simple method for calibrating optical backscatter sensors in high concentrations of non-cohesive sediments. Marine Geology 192, 419-424. 

Miles , J.R., Ruessink, G.B., Russell, P.E. and Huntley, D.A., 2002. Field observations of the effect of shear waves on sediment suspension and transport. Continental Shelf Research. 22, 657-681.

Miles , J.R., Russell, P.E. and Huntley, D.A., 2001. Field measurements of the effect of seawalls on sediment transport. Journal of Coastal Research, 17 (1), 195-206.

Ruessink, G.B., Miles, J.R., Fedderson, F. and Guza, R.T., 2001. Modeling the alongshore current. Journal of Geophysical Research. 16 (10), 22451-22463.

Articles
Cui L, Zheng S, Zhang Y, Miles J & Iglesias G 2020 'Wave power extraction from a hybrid oscillating water column-oscillating buoy wave energy converter' Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews , DOI Open access
Zheng S, Antonini A, Zhang Y, Miles J, Greaves D, Guixun Z & Iglesias G 2020 'Hydrodynamic performance of a multi-Oscillating Water Column (OWC) platform' Applied Ocean Research , DOI Open access
Zheng S, Antonini A, Zhang Y, Greaves D, Miles J & Iglesias G 2019 'Wave power extraction from multiple oscillating water columns along a straight coast' Journal of Fluid Mechanics , DOI Open access
Miles J, Martin T & Goddard L 2017 'Current and wave effects around windfarm monopile foundations' Coastal Engineering 121, 167-178 , DOI Open access
Allen J, Sampanis K, Wan J, Greaves D, Miles J & Iglesias G 2016 'Laboratory Tests in the Development of WaveCat' Sustainability 8, (12) 1339-1339 , DOI Open access
Prodger S, Russell P, Davidson M, Miles J & Scott T 2016 'Understanding and predicting the temporal variability of sediment grain size characteristics on high-energy beaches' Marine Geology , DOI Open access
Prodger S, Russell P, Davidson M & Miles J 2016 'Beach Morphological Predictions: The Impact of a Temporally Varying Sediment Fall Velocity' Journal of Coastal Research 75, (sp1) 447-451 , DOI
Rogan C, Miles J, Simmonds D & Iglesias G 2016 'The turbulent wake of a monopile foundation' Renewable Energy 93, 180-187 , DOI Open access
Miles J & Thorpe A 2015 'Bedform contributions to cross-shore sediment transport on a dissipative beach' Coastal Engineering 98, 65-77 , DOI Open access
Thorpe A, Miles J, Masselink G & Russell P 2014 'Bedform Dynamics in a Rip Current' JOURNAL OF COASTAL RESEARCH 700-705 Author Site , DOI Open access
Miles J, Thorpe A, Russell P & Masselink G 2014 'Megaripple dynamics on a dissipative sandy beach' JOURNAL OF COASTAL RESEARCH 187-192 Author Site , DOI Open access
Miles J, Thorpe A, Russell P & Masselink G 2014 'Observations of bedforms on a dissipative macrotidal beach' OCEAN DYNAMICS 64, (2) 225-239 , DOI Open access
Scott T, Thorpe A, Miles J, Masselink G, Russell P & Austin M 2012 'Field measurements of bed forms in a rip channel on a macro-tidal beach'
Butt T, Russell PE, Miles J & Turner IL 2007 'Sediment transport processes in the swash zone of sandy beaches' Journal of Coastal Research Special Issue 50: International Coastal Symposium, 636-640
Miles J, Butt T & Russell P 2006 'Swash zone sediment dynamics: A comparison of a dissipative and an intermediate beach' Marine Geology 231, (1-4) 181-200
van Lancker V, Lanckneus J, Hearn S, Hoekstra P, Levoy F, Miles J, Moerkerke G, Monfort O & Whitehouse R 2004 'Coastal and nearshore morphology, bedforms and sediment transport pathways at Teignmouth (UK)' Continental Shelf Research 24, (11) 1171-1202 , DOI
Miles JR & Russell PE 2004 'Dynamics of a reflective beach with a low tide terrace' Continental Shelf Research 24, (11) 1219-1247
Kulkarni CD, Levoy F, Monfort O & Miles J 2004 'Morphological variations of a mixed sediment beachface (Teignmouth, UK)' Continental Shelf Research 24, (11) 1203-1218
Butt T, Russell P, Puleo J, Miles J & Masselink G 2004 'The influence of bore turbulence on sediment transport in the swash and inner surf zones' Continental Shelf Research 24, (7-8) 757-771
Saulter AN, Russell PE, Gallagher EL & Miles JR 2003 'Observations of bed level change in a saturated surf zone' Journal of Geophysical Research-Oceans 108, (C4)
Butt T, Miles J, Ganderton P & Russell P 2002 'A simple method for calibrating optical backscatter sensors in high concentrations of non-cohesive sediments' Marine Geology 192, (4) 419-424
Miles JR, Russell PE, Ruessink BG & Huntley DA 2002 'Field observations of the effect of shear waves on sediment suspension and transport' Continental Shelf Research 22, (4) 657-681
Miles J, Wood R, Olson T, Shute H, Wilton D & Middleton B 2002 'Vector recording in perpendicular media' Ieee Transactions on Magnetics 38, (5) 2060-2062
Miles JR, Russell PE & Huntley DA 2001 'Field measurements of sediment dynamics in front of a seawall' Journal of Coastal Research 17, (1) 195-206
Ruessink BG, Miles JR, Feddersen F, Guza RT & Elgar S 2001 'Modeling the alongshore current on barred beaches' Journal of Geophysical Research-Oceans 106, (C10) 22451-22463
Conference Papers

CONFERENCE PAPERS

Miles, J, Rogan, C., Simmonds D., Iglesias G., 2016. Hydrodynamics near windfarm monopile foundations. 3rd PRIMARE Conference, Bath, 2016.

Rogan, C., Miles, J., Simmonds D., Iglesias G., 2014. The Hydrodynamics of Monopile Foundations - Experimental Measurements of Near Bed and Free Stream Turbulence. Proceedings of Renew 2014, Lisbon, Portugal.

Rogan, C., A. C. Bennis, I. Garcia-Hermosa, G. Iglesias, V. Magar, J. Miles, G. Perret, G. Pinon, A. Rivier, D. Simmonds. Physical and Numerical Modelling of Hydrodynamics and Sediment Transport at Monopile Foundations - a poster presented to the 1st PRIMaRE Conference, Plymouth, 4th - 5th June 2014.
C. Rogan, J. Miles, D. Simmonds, G. Iglesias. The Hydrodynamics of Monopile Foundations - Experimental Measurements of Shear Stress and Turbulence - oral presentation at the 16th Biennial Challenger Society Marine Conference, Plymouth, 8th - 11th September 2014, Abstract # 5472
Magar, V., N. Abcha, A.-C. Bennis, J. Brossard, D.C. Conley, E. Ellis, A. Ezersky, D. Greaves, M.S. Gross, G. Iglesias, K. Littlewood, J. Miles1, D. Mouaze, G. Perret, G. Pinon, D. Simmonds 2013 Laboratory-Scale Environmental Impact Assessment of a Monopile Foundation under Different Wave Conditions (OFELIA). EWEA OFFSHORE 2013, Frankfurt.
Miles, J.R., Thorpe, A., Russell, P.E. and Masselink, G. 2013. Quantification of ripple and mega-ripple migration rates in the nearshore. Coastal Dynamics ‘13, Bordeaux.
Thorpe, A., Miles. J.R., Masselink, G., Russell, P.E. 2012. Bedform dynamics in a rip channel on a macrotidal beach. International Conference on Coastal Engineering, Santander Spain.
Thorpe, A., Miles. J.R., Masselink, G., Russell, P.E. 2012. Field measurements of bedforms in a rip-channel on a macro-tidal beach. YCSEC, Bangor.
Miles, J., 2009. Sediment tranpsort under asymmetric waves. UK Sediments Initiative, Liverpool, May 2009.
Doyle, L.D; Barlow, M.J. and Miles, J. 2008. Prediction of 500m Kayaking performance and anthropometric characterisitcs in recreational kayakers. The British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences Annual student conference. Bedfordshire. May 2008.
Miles
J.R., Russell, P.E., Ruessink, B.G., and Huntley, D.A. 2004. Tidal variations in shear wave energy. AGU Ocean Sciences meeting, Portland Oregon.
Butt, T., Russell, P.E., Masselink, G., Miles, J.R., Huntley, D.A., Evans, D., and Ganderton, P. 2003. An integrative approach to investigating the role of swash in shoreline change. Proceedings 28th International Conference on Coastal Engineering, ASCE, 917-928.
Butt, T., Russell, P.E., Masselink, G, Evans, D., and Miles, J.R. An integrated approach towards swash zone sediment transport. International Conference on Coastal Engineering, ASCE, Cardiff, July 2002..
Miles, J.R., Butt, T., Russell, P. E., Masselink, G., Evans, D., Ganderton, P., Huntley, D.A. 2002. Swash zone sediment dynamics on steep and shallow beaches. AGU Fall meeting, San Fransisco.
Miles, J.R., Russell, P., Butt, T., Masselink, G., Evans, D., Ganderton, P., Huntley, D.A. 2002. Swash zone sediment tranpsort. UK Oceanography 2002, Plymouth.
Tapia, I.M. Russell, P.E. and Miles, J.R., 2001. Relationship between vertical wave asymmetry and the fourth velocity moment in the surf zone: Implications for sediment transport. Lund, Sweden
Miles, J.R., Russell, P.E., Ruessink, G.B., DeBoer, A.G., Thornton E.B., and Huntley, D.A., 2000. Shear wave and edge wave distribution on a barred beach. International Conference on Coastal Engineering, ASCE, Sydney, July 2000.
Miles, J.R., Russell, P.E. and Huntley, D.A., 1997. Measuring suspended sediment response to wave reflection. Coastal Dynamics ‘97, Plymouth.
Miles, J.R., Russell, P.E. and Huntley, D.A., 1996. Field investigation of suspended sediment transport and wave reflection near a seawall. International Conference on Coastal Engineering, ASCE, Orlando, Florida.
Miles, J.R., Russell, P.E. and Huntley, D.A., 1994. Enhanced sediment transport near seawalls and reflective beaches. UK Oceanography 1994, Stirling.

García-Hermosa I, Brossard J, Cohen Z, Perret G, Pinon G, Abcha N, Bennis A, Ezersky A, Mouazé D & Rivier A 2015 'Experimental characterisation of wave induced flow fields due to an offshore wind farm mast' CRC Press 791-797 , DOI
Rogan C, Miles J, Simmonds D & Iglesias G 2015 'The hydrodynamics of monopile foundations – Experimental measurements of near bed and free stream turbulence' CRC Press 815-821 , DOI
Thorpe A, Miles J, Masselink G, Russell P, Scott T & Austin M 2013 'Suspended sediment transport in rip currents on a macrotidal beach' 1880-1885 , DOI
Miles J 2013 'Wave shape effects on sediment transport' Coastal Education and Research Foundation 1803-1808 , DOI
Thorpe A, Miles J, Masselink G, Russell P, Scott T & Austin M 2012 'FIELD MEASUREMENTS OF BEDFORMS IN A RIP CHANNEL ON A MACRO-TIDAL BEACH' Coastal Engineering Research Council 93-93 , DOI
Butt T, Russell P, Turner I, Miles J & Masselink G 2005 'The effect of grain size and wave energy on the role of in-exfiltration and swash zone sediment transport' in Smith JM 29th International Conference on Coastal Engineering Lisbon, PORTUGAL 1-/-0/2004WORLD SCIENTIFIC PUBL CO PTE LTD 2377-2389
Butt T, Russell PE, Masselink G, Miles JR, Huntley DA, Evans D & Ganderton P 2002 'An integrative approach to investigating the role of swash in shoreline change' 28th International Conference on Coastal Engineering Cardiff, England 917-928
Mariño-Tapia I, Russell PE, O'Hare TJ, Davidson MA, Saulter AN, Miles JR & Huntley DA 2001 'Relationship between vertical wave asymmetry and the fourth velocity moment in the surf zone: implications for sediment transport' in Edge BL; Hemsley JM Proceedings 4th International Symposium Waves 2001 San Francisco 1295-1305
Miles JR, Russell PE & Huntley DA 1997 'Suspended sediment response to wave reflection' 704-713
Miles JR, Russell PE & Huntley DA 1997 'Sediment Transport and Wave Reflection Near a Seawall' 25th International Conference on Coastal Engineering American Society of Civil Engineers , DOI