Dr Tim Scott
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Dr Tim Scott

Lecturer in Ocean Exploration

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

Role

  • Lecturer in Ocean Exploration
  • Coastal Marine Applied Research (CMAR) consultancy

I am a lecturer in Ocean Exploration and have been actively contributing to internationally recognised research in fields of beach and submarine geomorphology, rip current dynamics and coastal hazards. My recent research has focused on storm impacts, rip current circulation and coastal hazards in SW England, and has been published in high-quality international journals. I have more than 10 years experience in the collection and analysis of coastal morphological, hydrodynamic and hydrographic data. I have been actively involved in national and international collaborations with external partners (e.g., RNLI, UK Met Office,local and regional councils and external universities). My academic research has resulted in 14 peer-reviewed international journal articles and numerous conference papers, technical reports, invited lectures, workshops and media outputs. In addition to academic research I have conducted a number of consultancy projects, including working closely with the RNLI for over a decade, improving understanding of physical coastal hazards and developing operational risk assessment tools. I have several years of commercial offshore experience working in seismic and hydrographic industry and I have also recently acted as expert witness in rip current drowning cases.

I have been contributor or co-lead in a number of successful field-based research and consultancy projects (see research). This work has involved intertidal and nearshore oceanographic instrument deployment (Eulerian and Lagrangian), surf zone circulation tracking (GPS surf-zone drifters), RTK-GPS, total station, laser scanner and UAV SFM topographic surveying, nearshore single- and multi-beam bathymetric surveying, video remote sensing (surf zone and seabed ROV), as well as collection and processing of shallow water sidescan sonar and sub-bottom profile data. My work in the commercial offshore surveying industry involved the acquisition of shelf- and deep sea seismic data, and ROV-based video, multibeam and sidescan sonar data processing.

Qualifications

2015 –                       Lecturer in Ocean Exploration, Plymouth University

2013 – 2015:            Research and Teaching Associate, Plymouth University

2010 – 2013:            Research and Knowledge Exchange Fellow, Plymouth University (Website)

2006 – 2010:            PhD Coastal Processes, Plymouth University (Summary of research)

2005 – 2006:            Consultant Geophysicist, DeepOcean, Norway

2003 – 2004:            MSc Applied Marine Science, Plymouth University

2001 – 2003:            Shelf Sea Seismic Acquisition, WesternGeco, Mexico

1999 – 2001:            BSc Geological Oceanography, University of Wales, Bangor

1998 – 1999:            National Diploma, Art and Design, Exeter College

Roles on external bodies

Working groups     

2012 – Present: International Lifesaving Federation(ILS) – Rescue Commission: Rip Current Safety Alliance (RipSafe) Committee.

2012: Scientific committee: 2nd International Rip Current Symposium, Sydney,Australia, 2012.

2009: Steering committee for Plymouth Marine Science Partnership Conference.

2006 – 2009: PRE (Public RescueEquipment) working group (UoP, RNLI, ROSPA, UWI Cardiff, RLSS UK, SLSA GB,ENCAMS, SLSGB, MCA, NWSF).

2006 – Present: Beach Risk Assessment working group (RNLI, UoP, SLSGB, RLSS UK, SLSGB, ROSPA, SLSA).

2007: Coordinator for the Young Coastal Scientists & Engineers Conference ’07 (April 2007;Plymouth).

Teaching interests

Coastal hydrography, submarine geomorphology and coastal morphodynamics/evolution/hazards. I am particularly particularly passionate about field-based learning.


Current responsibilities:

Degree programs
Ocean Exploration and Surveying - BSc (Hons)
Oceanography and Coastal Processes - BSc (Hons)
Ocean Science and Marine Conservation - BSc (Hons)
Hydrography - MSc
Applied Marine Science - MSc

Undergraduate modules
OS101 - Introduction to Ocean Science (Beach Surveying)
OS308 - Ocean Science South Africa field trip
OS105 - Mapping the Marine Environment (Side Scan Sonar)
EOE2305 - Coastal Oceanography: Beach mophodynamics and rip currents
EOE3302 - Ocean Exploration Integrated Case Study - Multibeam survey
EOE3306 - Beaches and Coasts: Coastal modelling
EOE2301 - Ocean Exploration field week: Bathymetric surveying
EOE2301 - Ocean Science Teignmouth field week: Coastal evolution and monitoring

Postgraduate modules
MAR520 - Hydrography field week (Bathymetric surveying)
MAR523 - Digital Mapping
MAR524 - MSc Dissertation

MSc project supervision - Beach morhodynamics and submarine geomorphology
PhD expert commentator
PhD supervisor
PhD Summer School - Beach and Estuarine Morphodynamics: Skallingen, Denmark. University of Copenhagen. Lectures, fieldwork and workshops.

Research interests

Coastal Geomorphology and Hydrography

  • Beach morphodynamics and coastal evolution
  • Submarine geomorphology
  • Rip current dynamics and nearshore sediment transport
  • Coastal hazards and risk

CMAR - Coastal Marine Applied Research

  • Coastal consultancy

Research groups:

Geomatics Research Group

Key publications are highlighted

Journals
Articles
Castelle B, Dodet G, Masselink G & Scott T 2017 'A new climate index controlling winter wave activity along the Atlantic coast of Europe: The West Europe Pressure Anomaly' Geophysical Research Letters , DOI PEARL
Scott T, Austin M, Masselink G & Russell P 2016 'Dynamics of rip currents associated with groynes — field measurements, modelling and implications for beach safety' Coastal Engineering 107, 53-69 , DOI PEARL
Masselink G, Castelle B, Scott T, Dodet G, Suanez S, Jackson D & Floc'h F 2016 'Extreme wave activity during 2013/2014 winter and morphological impacts along the Atlantic coast of Europe' Geophysical Research Letters 43, (5) 2135-2143 , DOI PEARL
Castelle B, McCarroll RJ, Brander RW, Scott T & Dubarbier B 2016 'Modelling the alongshore variability of optimum rip current escape strategies on a multiple rip-channelled beach' NATURAL HAZARDS 81, (1) 663-686 Author Site , DOI PEARL
Almar R, Larnier S, Castelle B, Scott T & Floc'h F 2016 'On the use of the Radon transform to estimate longshore currents from video imagery' COASTAL ENGINEERING 114, 301-308 Author Site , DOI PEARL
Castelle B, Scott T, Brander RW & McCarroll RJ 2016 'Rip current types, circulation and hazard' Earth-Science Reviews 163, 1-21 Publisher Site , DOI PEARL
Scott T, Masselink G, O'Hare T, Saulter A, Poate T, Russell P, Davidson M & Conley D 2016 'The extreme 2013/2014 winter storms: Beach recovery along the southwest coast of England' Marine Geology 382, 224-241 , DOI PEARL
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 PEARL
McCarroll RJ, Castelle B, Brander RW & Scott T 2015 'Modelling rip current flow and bather escape strategies across a transverse bar and rip channel morphology' Geomorphology 246, 502-518 , DOI
Masselink G, Scott T, Poate T, Russell P, Davidson M & Conley D 2015 'The extreme 2013/2014 winter storms: hydrodynamic forcing and coastal response along the southwest coast of England' Earth Surface Processes and Landforms n/a-n/a , DOI PEARL
Scott T, Masselink G, Austin MJ & Russell P 2014 'Controls on macrotidal rip current circulation and hazard' GEOMORPHOLOGY 214, 198-215 , DOI PEARL
Scott T, Masselink G, Austin MJ & Russell P 2014 'Controls on macrotidal rip current circulation and hazard' Geomorphology ----- Publisher Site , DOI
Masselink G, Austin M, Scott T, Poate T & Russell P 2014 'Role of wave forcing, storms and nao in outer bar dynamics on a high-energy, macro-tidal beach' Geomorphology 226, 76-93 , DOI PEARL
Austin MJ, Masselink G, Scott TM & Russell PE 2014 'Water-level controls on macro-tidal rip currents' Continental Shelf Research 75, 28-40 , DOI
Austin MJ, Scott TM, Russell PE & Masselink G 2013 'Rip Current Prediction: Development, Validation, and Evaluation of an Operational Tool' Journal of Coastal Research 287, 283-300 , DOI
Thorpe A, Miles J, Masselink G, Russell P, Scott T & Austin M 2013 'Suspended Sediment Transport in Rip Currents on a Macrotidal Beach' JOURNAL OF COASTAL RESEARCH 1880-1885 Author Site , DOI
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'
Scott T, Masselink G & Russell P 2011 'Morphodynamic characteristics and classification of beaches in England and Wales' MARINE GEOLOGY 286, (1-4) 1-20 Author Site , DOI PEARL
MacMahan J, Brown J, Brown J, Thornton E, Reniers A, Stanton T, Henriquez M, Gallagher E, Morrison J & Austin MJ 2010 'Mean Lagrangian flow behavior on an open coast rip-channeled beach: A new perspective' MARINE GEOLOGY 268, (1-4) 1-15 Author Site , DOI
Austin M, Scott T, Brown J, Brown J, MacMahan J, Masselink G & Russell P 2010 'Temporal observations of rip current circulation on a macro-tidal beach' CONTINENTAL SHELF RESEARCH 30, (9) 1149-1165 Author Site , DOI
Scott T, Russell P, Masselink G, Wooler A & Short A 2007 'Beach Rescue Statistics and their Relation to Nearshore Morphology and Hazards: A Case Study for Southwest England' J COASTAL RES (SI 50) 1-6
Chapters
Scott T & Brander R 2016 'Science of the rip current' The Science of Beach Lifeguarding CRC Press
Scott T, Russell P, Masselink G, Austin MJ, Wills S & Wooler A 2011 'Chapter 14. Rip Current Hazards on Large-Tidal Beaches in the United Kingdom' in Leatherman S Rip Currents: Beach Safety, Physical Oceanography, and Wave Modeling CRC Press
Conference Papers
Scott T, Russell P, Masselink G & Wooler A 2009 'Rip current variability and hazard along a macro-tidal coast' 10th International Coastal Symposium (ICS 2009) Lisbon, PORTUGAL 13/04/2009 18/04/2009 COASTAL EDUCATION & RESEARCH FOUNDATION 895-899
Scott T, Russell P, Masselink G, Wooler A & Short A 2009 'HIGH VOLUME SEDIMENT TRANSPORT AND ITS IMPLICATIONS FOR RECREATIONAL BEACH RISK' 4250-+
Austin MJ, Scott TM, Brown JW, Brown JA & MacMahan JH 2009 'Macrotidal Rip Current Experiment: Circulation And Dynamics' 24-28