Dr Tim Scott
Associate Professor of Ocean Exploration
School of Biological and Marine Sciences (Faculty of Science and Engineering)
- Associate Professor in Ocean Exploration
- Programme lead for MSc Hydrography
- Coastal Marine Applied Research (CMAR) consultancy
I am an Associate Professor 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 Europe, and has been published in high-quality international journals. I have more than 20 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 >45 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 acted as expert witness in rip current drowning cases.
I have been principal investigator or co-investigator on 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-GNSS, total station, laser scanner and UAV SFM topographic/bathymetric 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. More recently I have been involved in research utilising autonomous survey platforms for unique coastal data collection. 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. I now also act as programme lead for MSc Hydrography at the University, building on our successful track record of training the next generation of Hydrographers and developing industry links with the university.
2020 – present: Associate Professor in Ocean Exploration, Plymouth University
2015 – 2019: 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
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).
Coastal hydrography, submarine geomorphology and coastal morphodynamics/evolution/hazards. I am particularly particularly passionate about field-based learning.
Coastal Geomorphology and Hydrography
Beach morphodynamics and coastal evolution
Rip current dynamics and nearshore sediment transport
Coastal hazards and risk
CMAR - Coastal Marine Applied Research
- Coastal consultancy
Grants & contracts
2019 – 2020 EMFF Habitat Classification and Fisheries Sensitivity Mapping Tool for Isles of Scilly
2019 – 2021 GCRF Sustainable Abalone Ranching in South Africa (PI) (£50,000)
2016 – 2020 Physical and Biological Dynamic Coastal Processes and their Role in Coastal Recovery (BLUE-coast) (CI) (£760.000 to Plymouth)
2014 – 2015 NERC Urgency grant: Impact of sequence of extreme storms during 2013/14 winter on southwest coast of England (CI) (£80,000)
2012 – 2014 RNLI/MetOffice/Marine Institute: Topographic rip currents TOPORIP (CI) (£99,000)
2010 – 2014 NERC/RNLI – Partnership grant: Dynamics of Rips and Implications for Beach Safety (RF with – PI: G. Masselink; CI: P. Russell) (£550,000)
2009 RNLI: UK beach and hazards database project: Good Beach Guide integration (PI) (£ 10,000)
2008 Royal National Lifeboat Institution, University of Plymouth, Naval Postgraduate School: Macro-tidal rip current experiment (PI with Dr Martin Austin) (representing c. £ 3,000)
2006 – 2010 RNLI/HEIF2 PhD studentship with full fees and stipend ( £ 60,000)
2003 – 2004 Full NERC scholarship for M.Sc. Applied Marine Science
2001 Derbyshire prize: Physical Oceanography student of the year ( £ 100). University of Wales Bangor.
Key publications are highlightedJournals
Other academic activities
2018/19 - Editor for Journal of Marine Sciences and Engineering (JMSE), special issue 'Storm Erosion'.