Dr Mark Davidson
Associate Professor in Coastal Processes
School of Biological and Marine Sciences (Faculty of Science and Engineering)
Mark is an Associate Professor (Reader) in Coastal Processes at Plymouth University. His work includes in-situ measurement, video remote sensing and numerical modelling of hydo- and morpho- dynamics. Past research topics have included infragravity oscillations on high-energy dissipative beaches, and wave reflection from a variety of different coastal structures. He has recently worked on two EPSRC projects looking at the storm response of gravel barriers and the resilience of UK coastlines fronting nuclear power plant installations. His main research focus currently is developing models for predicting shoreline change as part of an Australian Research Council sponsored project.
- Programme leader for Applied Marine Science MSc
- Lecturing on undergraduate and post graduate courses
- Ph.D. Supervision
- Line manager for postdoctoral researchers and research assistants
- Leader of the coastal video research group
- Co-ordinator of the European Framework V CoastView Project
- Departmental Director of Research
- Reader in Coastal Processes. School of Earth Ocean & Environmental Science, Univ. of Plymouth. From 2006 To: present
- Principal Lecturer in Marine Science. School of Earth Ocean & Environmental Science, Univ. of Plymouth. From: 9/02 To: 2006.
- Senior Lecturer in Marine Science. Institute of Marine Studies, Univ. of Plymouth. From: 3/96 To: 9/02
- Lecturer In Marine Science. Institute of Marine Studies, Univ. of Plymouth. From: 30/11/94 To: 3/96
- Post Doctoral Research Associate. Dept. of Civil and Structural Eng., Univ. of Plymouth. Wave refelection from coastal structures. From: 1/11/91 To: 30/11/94
- Post Doctoral Research Associate. Univ. of Wales, Cardiff. The British Beach & Nearshore Dynamics Experiment. From: 1/05/90 To: 31/10/91
- Research Associate. Univ. of Wales, Cardiff. Investigation of waves, currents and sediment dynamics on coasts headed by sea walls. From: 1/01/88 To: 31/06/88
- Ph.D.University College of Swansea (1986-1990). Field investigations of infragravity oscillations on a high-energy dissipative beach. (Completed Jan. 1991)
- B.Sc. (Hons) Oceanography. University College of Swansea. Frorm: 1983 To: 1986.
- Advanced Surfzone Dynamics
- Waves and Beaches
- Estuaries and Shelf Seas
- Physical Oceanography
- Underwater Acoustics
- Scientific Diving
- Surf Science
- Applied Marine Science (MSc)
Staff serving as external examiners
External PhD Examiner:
- Oliver Way. 2013. University of Bangor
- Roger Phillips. 2010. University of East Anglia
- Mitchel Harley. 2009. University of New South Wales.
- Irene M.J. van Enckevort. 2001 Daily to yearly nearshore bar behaviour. University of Utrecht, Netherlands.
- Asuncion Baquerizo Azofra. 1995. Reflexion del Oleaje en Playas, University of Cantabria, Spain.
- Amaia Ruiz de Alegria Arzaburu. 2010. Measuring and modelling annual, seasonal and storm-induced morphological response on a gravel beach.
- Andrew N. Saulter. 2000. Analysis of infragravity frequency sediment transport on macrotidal beaches.
I am a Associate Professor (Reader) in Coastal Processes within the School of Marine Science and Engineering. My main research interests are in the fields of coastal and estuarine, hydo- and morpho- dynamics. My work in this area includes in-situ measurement, video remote sensing and numerical modelling. My PhD was in Physical Oceanography, focusing on infragravity oscillations on high-energy dissipative beaches. Following this I was involved in two research programmes as a post-doctoral researcher. The first of these, the British Beach and Nearshore Dynamics (B-BAND) programme, focussed on improving our understanding of sediment transport processes on beaches of varied morphology through the application of in-situ measurements. The second programme also involved using full-scale in-situ measurements to examine the processes of wave reflection from a variety of different coastal structures. Whilst still involved in in-situ measurements, my main research focus has turned to remote sensing the coastal zone using video techniques. I have been the principal investigator for the University of Plymouth on the EU funded I.N.D.I.A. project, which utilised the coastal video systems to examine the morphodynamic evolution of a coastal inlet in southern Portugal. An interest in coastal remote sensing and large-scale, long-term coastal evolution has also facilitated my involvement in the US Office of Naval Research, NICOP project that that centred on intermediate scale coastal behaviour. I lead the coastal video research in the University of Plymouth and co-ordinated the £1.3M European (CoastView) project aimed at developing coastal video systems in support of coastal zone management. This project involved 13 institutions form six countries, including universities and national-scale coastal managers. Since the successful completion of the CoastView project coastal video research continues to be strongly supported by the scientific community and was recently co-investigator on two EPSRC programmes which investigated a Risk-based Framework for Predicting Beaches in the Long term (RF PEBL), and the large-scale morphodynamic impacts of shore parallel breakwaters in areas of high tidal range (LEACOAST2). I am currently involved in two EPSRC projects looking at the storm response of gravel barriers and the resilience of UK coastlines fronting nuclear power plant installation. My main research focus currently is developing models for predicting shoreline change as part of a Australian Research Council sponsored project working, amongst others, with the University of New South Wales and Macquarie University.
NB For Journal Publications - see Selected Publications
- Bournemouth DC - Boscombe artificial surfing reef
- Environment Agency - Coastal video monitoring project
- Valeport Ltd, Dartmouth – Design of wave recorder software for the analysis of wave statistics
- Peterhead Port Authority – Modification of Peterhead Harbour
- Brixham Port Authority – Modification of Brixham Harbour
Research degrees awarded to supervised students
Successful Ph.D. Completions:
- Suzana Ilic. 1999. Transformation of Multidirectional Seas
- Ken Kingston. 2003. Application of complex adaptive systems approaches to coastal systems.
- Ismael Marino Tapia. 2003. Cross-shore sediment transport processes on natural beaches and their relation to sandbar migration patterns.
- Eduardo Siegle. 2003. Sediment transport and morphodynamics at an estuary mouth: A study using remote sensing and numerical modelling.
- Marcos Bernardes. 2005. Modelling the long-term morphodynamic evolution of estuaries.
- Richard Thain. 2005. Understanding and prediction of tidal intrusion fronts.
- Daniel Buscombe. 2008. Shingle beach morphodynamics.
- Nigel Aird. Coastal sediment dynamics.
- Iain Failey - Video monitoring of shoreline response to offshore segmented breakwaters
Current PH.D. Students:
- Emma Rendle - Artificial surfing reefs
- Erwin Bergsma - Morphodynamic modelling
- Kris Inch - Infragravity wave dissipation during storms
- Luis Melo de Almeida - Applications of LIDAR to the measurement and understanding of coastal processes
- Melissa Mole - Monitoring and modelling of coastal evolution
Grants & contracts
- Australian Research Council (Co-investigator) Observation Network: monitoring and forecasting coastal erosion in a changing climate, (£199,788). Status: ongoing
- EU THESEUS (Co-investigator) (approx £500,00). Status: ongoing
- E.P.S.R.C. A Risk-based Framework for Predicting Long-term Beach Evolution (RF PEBL). (Value: £423,123)
- E.P.S.R.C. Large scale morphodynamic impacts of segmented shore-parallel breakwaters on coasts and beaches (LEACOAST2). (Value: £345,203)
- EU Framework V CoastView Project (Co-ordinator). The development of coastal video monitoring systems in support of Coastal Zone Management (current). (Value: £1.34M)
- EU INDIA, (Principal Investigator). Inlet Dynamics Initiative Algarve. (Value: £130,000)
- EU SWAMIEE (Co-investigator). Sediment & Water Movements in Industrialised Estuarine Environments. (Value: £167,000)
- NICOP, Naval International Co-operative Opportunities in Science & Tech. Programme, (Co-investigator). Intermediate-scale coastal behaviour. (Value: £740,000)
Key publications are highlightedJournals