Dr Ken Kingston

Dr Ken Kingston

Lecturer in Theoretical Coastal Morphodynamics (Education)

School of Biological and Marine Sciences (Faculty of Science and Engineering)




Feb 2005: Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, University of Plymouth, UK 


Teaching interests

Stage 1 
Techniques for Ocean Science
Stage 2 
Scientific Diving
Field week
Stage 3 
Beaches and Coasts
Honours project module leader
Integrating module
Stage 3 Tutor for Ocean Science students
Oceangography and Sedimentation for Hydrographers


Research interests

Analysis and interpretation of large scale (spatial and temporal) coastal hydrodynamic and morphodynamic data sets. 
Use of Electro-optical imaging for the remote sensing of nearshore coastal systems 
Application and utility of complex adaptive system approaches for studying coastal systems ... in particular the use of Artificial Neural Networks and Evolutionary Computation.
Research informed teaching and enhancement of the student learning experience through programming

Grants & contracts

Gresty, Kingston and Auburn. Teaching Quality Enhancement Fund. "The Plymouth Student Scientist". Feb 2007- Jan 2009. £55,000
Kingston. NERC New Investigator Award. "Land Based Multispectral Monitoring of the Nearshore Environment". Oct. 2004 - Mar. 2007. £50,342 


M.W.J Smit, S.G.J. Aarninkhof, K.M. Wijnberg, M. González, K.S. Kingston, H.N. Southgate, B.G. Ruessink, R.A. Holman, E. Siegle, M. Davidson and R. Medina, 2007, 'The role of video imagery in predicting daily to monthly coastal evolution', Coastal Engineering, Vol. 54, No. 6-7, pp 539-553

Plant, N.G., Aarninkhof, S.G.J., Turner, I. and Kingston, K.S., 2007, ‘The Performance of Shoreline Detection Models Applied to Video Imagery’, Journal of Coastal Research, Vol. 23, No. 3, pp 658-670

Woodd-Walker, R.S., Kingston, K.S. and Gallienne, C.P., 2001, ‘Using Neural Networks to Predict Surface Zooplankton Biomass Along a 50°N to 50°S Transect of the Atlantic, Journal of Plankton Research, Vol. 23, No. 8, pp 875-888

Davidson, M.A., Kingston, K.S. and Huntley, D.A., 2000, ‘New Solution for Directional Wave Analysis in Reflective Wave Fields’, Journal of Waterway, Port, Coastal and Ocean Engineering, Vol. 126, No. 4, pp 173-181

Kingston, K.S., Ruessink, B.G., Van Enckevort, I.M.J. and Davidson, M.A., 2000, ‘Artificial Neural Network Correction of Remotely Sensed Sandbar Location’, Marine Geology, Vol. 169, No. 1-2, pp 137-160

Ruessink, B.G., Van Enckevort, I.M.J., Kingston, K.S., and Davidson, M.A., 2000, ‘Analysis of Observed Two- and Three-Dimensional Nearshore Bar Behaviour’, Marine Geology, Vol. 169, No. 1-2, pp 161-183

Kingston, K.S. and Davidson, M.A., 1999, ‘Artificial Neural Network Model of Sand Bar Location for a Macro-Tidal Beach, Perranporth, UK’, IAHR Symposium on River Coastal and Estuarine Modelling, Genoa, Italy, pp 227-236

Kingston, K.S. and Davidson, M.A., 2001, ‘A Parametric Morphologic Descriptor for Nearshore Sandbar Features’, Proceedings of 4th Conference on Coastal Dynamics '01, ASCE, Lund, June 11-15, pp 673-682

Mallet, C., Kingston, K.S., Davidson, M.A. and Huntley, D.A., 2000, ‘The Use of Video in the Study of Sandbar Dynamics, International Workshop “Marine Sandwave Dynamics”, 23-25 March 2000, Lille, France.

Ruessink, B.G., van Enckevort, I.M.J. and Kingston, K.S., 1999, ‘Characteristics of Alongshore Nonuniform Sandbar Behaviour’, Published as a supplement to EOS, Transactions, AGU, Vol. 80, No. 46, pp F538

Conference Papers


Additional information

Convenor of the Coastal Processes Research Group (CPRG) Member of the Centre for Coastal Dynamics & Engineering (C-CoDE) Steering Commitee