Dr Mark Davidson
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Dr Mark Davidson

Associate Professor (Reader) in Coastal Processes

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

Role

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.

Present Roles

  • 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

Past Roles

  • Co-ordinator of the European Framework V CoastView Project
  • Departmental Director of Research

 

Qualifications

  • 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.

Teaching interests

Courses Taught:

  • 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.

Internal Examiner:

  • 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.

Research interests

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.

Other research

NB For Journal Publications - see Selected Publications 

 

Consultancy:

  • 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

Research Grants:

  • 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)

Research groups

  • Centre for Coastal and Ocean Science and Engineering (CCOSE)
  • Coastal Processes

Key publications are highlighted

Journals
Articles
Stokes C, Russell P & Davidson M 2016 'Subtidal and Intertidal Three-Dimensionality at a High Energy Macrotidal Beach' JOURNAL OF COASTAL RESEARCH 472-476 Author Site , DOI
Masselink G, Scott T, Poate T, Russell P, Davidson M & Conley D 2016 'The extreme 2013/2014 winter storms: hydrodynamic forcing and coastal response along the southwest coast of England' EARTH SURFACE PROCESSES AND LANDFORMS 41, (3) 378-391 Author Site , DOI PEARL
Bergsma EWJ, Conley DC, Davidson MA & O'Hare TJ 2016 'Video-based nearshore bathymetry estimation in macro-tidal environments' MARINE GEOLOGY 374, 31-41 Author Site , DOI
Stokes C, Davidson M & Russell P 2015 'Observation and prediction of three-dimensional morphology at a high-energy macrotidal beach' GEOMORPHOLOGY 243, 1-13 Author Site , DOI PEARL
Almeida LP, Masselink G, Russell PE & Davidson MA 2015 'Observations of gravel beach dynamics during high energy wave conditions using a laser scanner' GEOMORPHOLOGY 228, 15-27 Author Site , DOI PEARL
Splinter KD, Turner IL, Davidson MA, Barnard P, Castelle B & Oltman-Shay J 2014 'A generalized equilibriummodel for predicting daily to interannual shoreline response' JOURNAL OF GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH-EARTH SURFACE 119, (9) 1936-1958 Author Site , DOI PEARL
McCall RT, Masselink G, Poate TG, Roelvink JA, Almeida LP, Davidson M & Russell PE 2014 'Modelling storm hydrodynamics on gravel beaches with XBeach-G' COASTAL ENGINEERING 91, 231-250 Author Site , DOI PEARL
Poate TG, Masselink G, McCall RM, Russell PE & Davidson MA 2014 'Storm-driven cusp behaviour on a high energy gravel beach' JOURNAL OF COASTAL RESEARCH 645-650 Author Site , DOI
Barlow MJ, Gresty K, Findlay M, Cooke CB & Davidson MA 2014 'The effect of wave conditions and surfer ability on performance and the physiological response of recreational surfers' J Strength Cond Res 28, (10) 2946-2953 Author Site , DOI
Davidson MA, Splinter KD & Turner IL 2013 'A simple equilibrium model for predicting shoreline change (vol 73, pg 191, 2013)' COASTAL ENGINEERING 75, 91-91 Author Site , DOI
Poate T, Masselink G, Davidson M, McCall R, Russell P & Turner I 2013 'High frequency in-situ field measurements of morphological response on a fine gravel beach during energetic wave conditions' MARINE GEOLOGY 342, 1-13 Author Site , DOI
Splinter KD, Turner IL & Davidson MA 2013 'How much data is enough? The importance of morphological sampling interval and duration for calibration of empirical shoreline models' COASTAL ENGINEERING 77, 14-27 Author Site , DOI
Splinter KD, Davidson MA & Turner IL 2013 'Monitoring data requirements for shoreline prediction: How much, how long, and how often?' JOURNAL OF COASTAL RESEARCH 2179-2184 Author Site , DOI
Almeida LP, Masselink G, Russell P, Davidson M, Poate T, McCall R, Blenkinsopp C & Turner I 2013 'Observations of the swash zone on a gravel beach during a storm using a laser-scanner (Lidar)' JOURNAL OF COASTAL RESEARCH 636-641 Author Site , DOI
McCall R, Masselink G, Poate T, Bradbury A, Russell P & Davidson M 2013 'Predicting overwash on gravel barriers' JOURNAL OF COASTAL RESEARCH 1473-1478 Author Site , DOI
Splinter KD, Davidson MA, Golshani A & Tomlinson R 2012 'Climate controls on longshore sediment transport' CONTINENTAL SHELF RESEARCH 48, 146-156 Author Site , DOI
Davidson MA, Turner IL & Guza RT 2011 'The effect of temporal wave averaging on the performance of an empirical shoreline evolution model' COASTAL ENGINEERING 58, (8) 802-805 Author Site , DOI
Davidson MA, Lewis RP & Turner IL 2010 'Forecasting seasonal to multi-year shoreline change' COASTAL ENGINEERING 57, (6) 620-629 Author Site , DOI
Davidson MA & Turner IL 2009 'A behavioral template beach profile model for predicting seasonal to interannual shoreline evolution' JOURNAL OF GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH-EARTH SURFACE 114, Author Site , DOI
Davidson MA, Morris BD & Turner IL 2009 'A simple numerical model for inlet sedimentation at intermittently open-closed coastal lagoons' CONTINENTAL SHELF RESEARCH 29, (16) 1975-1982 Author Site , DOI
Fairley I, Davidson M, Kingston K, Dolphin T & Phillips R 2009 'Empirical orthogonal function analysis of shoreline changes behind two different designs of detached breakwaters' COASTAL ENGINEERING 56, (11-12) 1097-1108 Author Site , DOI
Fairley I, Davidson M, Kingston K, Dolphin T & Phillips R 2009 'Empirical orthogonal function analysis of shoreline changes behind two different designs of detached breakwaters' Coastal Engineering 56, (11/12) 1097-1108
Fairley I & Davidson MA 2008 'A two-dimensional wave flume investigation into the effect of multiple vertical steps on the form of breaking waves' JOURNAL OF COASTAL RESEARCH 24, (1) 51-58 Author Site , DOI
Carrasco AR, Ferreira O, Davidson M, Matias A & Dias JA 2008 'An evolutionary categorisation model for backbarrier environments' MARINE GEOLOGY 251, (3-4) 156-166 Author Site , DOI
Davidson MA, O'Hare TJ & George KJ 2008 'Tidal modulation of incident wave heights: Fact or fiction?' JOURNAL OF COASTAL RESEARCH 24, (2B) 151-159 Author Site , DOI
Van Koningsveld M, Davidson M, Huntley D, Medina R, Aaminkhof S, Jimenez JA, Ridgewell J & de Kruif A 2007 'A critical review of the CoastView project: Recent and future developments in coastal management video systems' COASTAL ENGINEERING 54, (6-7) 567-576 Author Site , DOI
Kroon A, Davidson MA, Aaminkhof SGJ, Archetti R, Armaroli C, Gonzalez M, Medri S, Osorio A, Aagaard T & Holman RA 2007 'Application of remote sensing video systems to coastline management problems' COASTAL ENGINEERING 54, (6-7) 493-505 Author Site , DOI
Jimenez JA, Osorio A, Marino-Tapia I, Davidson M, Medina R, Kroon A, Archetti R, Ciavola P & Aamikhof SGJ 2007 'Beach recreation planning using video-derived coastal state indicators' COASTAL ENGINEERING 54, (6-7) 507-521 Author Site , DOI
Siegle E, Huntley DA & Davidson MA 2007 'Coupling video imaging and numerical modelling for the study of inlet morphodynamics' MARINE GEOLOGY 236, (3-4) 143-163 Author Site , DOI
Marino-Tapia IJ, Russell PE, O'Hare TJ, Davidson MA & Huntley DA 2007 'Cross-shore sediment transport on natural beaches and its relation to sandbar migration patterns: 1. Field observations and derivation of a transport parameterization' JOURNAL OF GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH-OCEANS 112, (C3) Author Site , DOI
Marino-Tapia IJ, O'Hare TJ, Russell PE, Davidson MA & Huntley DA 2007 'Cross-shore sediment transport on natural beaches and its relation to sandbar migration patterns: 2. Application of the field transport parameterization' JOURNAL OF GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH-OCEANS 112, (C3) Author Site , DOI
Medina R, Marino-Tapia I, Osorio A, Davidson M & Martin FL 2007 'Management of dynamic navigational channels using video techniques' COASTAL ENGINEERING 54, (6-7) 523-537 Author Site , DOI
Davidson M, Van Koningsveld M, de Kruif A, Rawson J, Holman R, Lamberti A, Medina R, Kroon A & Aarninkhof S 2007 'The CoastView project: developing video-derived coastal state indicators in support of coastal zone management' COASTAL ENGINEERING 54, (6-7) 463-475 Author Site , DOI
Smit MWJ, Aaminkhof SGJ, Wijnberg KM, Gonzalez M, Kingston KS, Southgate HN, Ruessink BG, Holman RA, Siegle E & Davidson M 2007 'The role of video imagery in predicting daily to monthly coastal evolution' COASTAL ENGINEERING 54, (6-7) 539-553 Author Site , DOI
Siegle E, Huntley DA & Davidson MA 2006 'Combining video imaging and numerical modelling for the extraction of intertidal morphology' JOURNAL OF COASTAL RESEARCH 478-482 Author Site
Davidson MA, Aarninkhof SGJ, Van Koningsveld M & Holman RA 2006 'Developing coastal video monitoring systems in support of coastal zone management' JOURNAL OF COASTAL RESEARCH 49-56 Author Site
Tapia IJM, Aird N, Davidson MA, Kingston K & Ganderton P 2006 'Tidally modulated sediment transport processes on a shore-attached sandbar' JOURNAL OF COASTAL RESEARCH 395-400 Author Site
Bernardes MEC, Davidson MA, Dyer KR & George KJ 2006 'Towards medium-term (order of months) morphodynamic modelling of the Teign estuary, UK' Ocean Dynamics 56, (3-4) 186-197 , DOI
van Koningsveld M, Davidson MA & Huntley DA 2005 'Matching science with coastal management needs: The search for appropriate coastal state indicators' JOURNAL OF COASTAL RESEARCH 21, (3) 399-411 Author Site , DOI
Morris BD, Davidson MA & Huntley DA 2004 'Estimates of the seasonal morphological evolution of the Barra Nova Inlet using video techniques' CONTINENTAL SHELF RESEARCH 24, (2) 263-278 Author Site , DOI
Balouin Y, Morris BD, Davidson MA & Howa H 2004 'Morphological Evolution of an Ebb-Tidal Delta Following a Storm Perturbation: Assessments from Remote Sensed Video Data & Direct Surveys' J. Coastal Res 20, 1, 415-423
Balouin Y, Morris BD, Davidson MA & Howa K 2004 'Morphology evolution of an ebb-tidal delta following a storm perturbation: Assessments from remote sensed video data and direct surveys' JOURNAL OF COASTAL RESEARCH 20, (2) 415-423 Author Site , DOI
Siegle E, Huntley DA & Davidson MA 2004 'Physical controls on the dynamics of inlet sandbar systems' OCEAN DYNAMICS 54, (3-4) 360-373 Author Site , DOI
Thain RH, Priestley AD & Davidson MA 2004 'The formation of a tidal intrusion front at the mouth of a macrotidal, partially mixed estuary: a field study of the Dart estuary, UK' ESTUARINE COASTAL AND SHELF SCIENCE 61, (1) 161-172 Author Site , DOI
Williams JJ, O'Connor BA, Arens SM, Abadie S, Bell P, Balouin Y, Van Boxel JH, Do Carmo AJ, Davidson M & Ferreira O 2003 'Tidal inlet function: Field evidence and numerical simulation in the INDIA project' JOURNAL OF COASTAL RESEARCH 19, (1) 189-211 Author Site
SIEGLE E, HUNTLEY DA & DAVIDSON MA 2002 'Modelling water surface topography at a complex inlet system – Teignmouth, UK. , ,' J. Coastal Research SI36, 675-685
Morris BD, Davidson MA & Huntley DA 2001 'Measurements of the response of a coastal inlet using video monitoring techniques' MARINE GEOLOGY 175, (1-4) 251-272 Author Site , DOI
Ruessink BG, van Enckevort IMJ, Kingston KS & Davidson MA 2000 'Analysis of observed two- and three-dimensional nearshore bar behaviour' MARINE GEOLOGY 169, (1-2) 161-183 Author Site , DOI
Kingston KS, Ruessink BG, van Enckevort IMJ & Davidson MA 2000 'Artificial neural network correction of remotely sensed sandbar location' MARINE GEOLOGY 169, (1-2) 137-160 Author Site , DOI
Davidson MA, Kingston KS & Huntley DA 2000 'New solution for directional wave analysis in reflective wave fields' JOURNAL OF WATERWAY PORT COASTAL AND OCEAN ENGINEERING-ASCE 126, (4) 173-181 Author Site , DOI
Davidson MA, Huntley DA & Bird PAD 1998 'A practical method for the estimation of directional wave spectra in reflective wave fields' COASTAL ENGINEERING 33, (2-3) 91-116 Author Site , DOI
Huntley DA & Davidson MA 1998 'Estimating the directional spectrum of waves near a reflector' JOURNAL OF WATERWAY PORT COASTAL AND OCEAN ENGINEERING-ASCE 124, (6) 312-319 Author Site , DOI
Davidson MA, Bird PAD, Bullock GN & Huntley DA 1996 'A new non-dimensional number for the analysis of wave reflection from rubble mound breakwaters' COASTAL ENGINEERING 28, (1-4) 93-120 Author Site , DOI
DAVIDSON M, RUSSELL P, HUNTLEY D & HARDISTY J 1993 'TIDAL ASYMMETRY IN SUSPENDED SAND TRANSPORT ON A MACROTIDAL INTERMEDIATE BEACH' MARINE GEOLOGY 110, (3-4) 333-353 Author Site , DOI
Conference Papers
Inch K, Davidson M, Masselink G & Russell P 2016 'Accurate Estimation of Wave Reflection on a High Energy, Dissipative Beach' //0 //0 877-881 , DOI
Prodger S, Russell P, Davidson M & Miles J 2016 'Beach Morphological Predictions: The Impact of a Temporally Varying Sediment Fall Velocity' //0 //0 447-451 , DOI
Fairley I, Davidson M & Kingston K 2009 'The Morpho-dynamics of a Beach Protected by Detached Breakwaters in a High Energy Tidal Environment' //0 //0 607-611
Aird NP, Davidson MA & Marino-Tapia IJ 2005 'Physical processes associated with onshore sand bank migration adjacent an estuary mouth' //0 //0 2519-2530
Marino-Tapia I, O'Hare TJ, Russell PE, Davidson MA & Huntley DA 2005 'Sand bar dynamics from a parametric morphodynamic model' //0 //0 2755-2766
Kingston KS & Davidson MA 2001 'A parametric morphologic descriptor for nearshore sandbar features' //0 //0 673-682
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' Edge BL; Hemsley JM Proceedings 4th International Symposium Waves 2001 San Francisco //0 //0 1295-1305
Bird PAD, Bullock GN, Davidson MA & Huntley DA 2000 'A field based study of wave reflection at coastal structures' //0 //0 273-281
Huntley DA, Simmonds DJ & Davidson MA 1996 'Estimation of frequency-dependent reflection coefficients using current and elevation sensors' //0 //0 57-68
Bird PAD, Davidson MA, Ilic S, Bullock GN, Chadwick AJ, Axe P & Huntley DA 1996 'Wave reflection, transformation and attenuation characteristics of rock island breakwaters' //0 //0 93-109
BIRD P, DAVIDSON M, BULLOCK G & HUNTLEY D 1994 'Wave measurement near reflective structures' //0 //0 701-711
Davidson MA, Bird PAD, Bullock GN & Huntley DA 1994 'Wave reflection: field measurements, analysis and theoretical developments' //0 //0 642-655

Links

  • Coastal Processes Research Group Website
  • The CoastView Website
  • Google Citations
  • ResearchGate
  • Interests:

    Surfing, Snowboarding, Diving (H.S.E. V Professional Diver), Triathlon, Long Distance Running (www.eastcornwallharriers.com),