Regional Coastal Monitoring Programmes
Shingle B is an online tool for prediction of shingle beach profile under the influence of bi-modal sea states. It was developed following a flume study carried out at HR Wallingford examining the profile response of gravel beaches to bimodal wave spectra, characterised by swell and wind wave periods in various combinations. Shingle-B was funded by the Environment Agency and produced in association with HR Wallingford.
Data Quality Control
Quality control procedure documents are being made available for lidar, aerial photography, topographic data, hydrodynamics, bathymetry and habitat mapping. Although each region has its own data requirements, the National Network of Regional Coastal Monitoring Programmes is committed to deliver the same level of data quality throughout the Network.
Specifications and Briefs
The Specifications listed on this page are used for the National Network of Regional Coastal Monitoring Programmes. A national specification is adopted where possible and specific regional requirements are detailed in regional Briefs.
A Multi-Supplier Dynamic Purchasing System is available to the National Network of Regional Coastal Monitoring Programmes for the Provision of Coastal Monitoring Services.
This page has a collection of useful shapefiles available for download such as defences, survey unit boundaries, profile lines etc. They can be downloaded and used under the Open Government Licence.
A number of map viewer layers are made available as a Web Map Service (WMS) in various software packages. This page explains how to access the WMS layers in ArcMap and QGIS. A sample project file for use in QGIS with the main layers pre-loaded can be downloaded from this page too.
It is possible to access real-time data via an open Application Programming Interface (API). This page has instructions on how to obtain a key and how to request data.
Dorset Coast Digital Archive
The DCDA is an extensive archive, hosting a great diversity of photographs, newspaper articles, aerial images and historical maps of the Dorset coast as far back as 1740. This work is a centrepiece for knowledge exchange on how areas have developed over time through a visual representation.
A toolbox to support the analysis of coastal data. Professor Ian Townend, University of Southampton has kindly made available this software package which can import waves, tide and beach profile data downloaded from the website. Beach dynamics, spatial and temporal coastal change, storminess and the influence of clustering are just some of the aspects which can be examined.
WireWall is a capacitance wire system that is under development to make field measurements of wave overtopping. These measurements will enable site-specific calibration of industry standard tools used to estimate wave overtopping when designing new sea defence infrastructure. Better calibration of numerical approaches will help reduce uncertainty in design tolerances leading to a cost saving when building new schemes. The project, funded by the NERC, brings together researchers from the NOC and HR Wallingford with coastal managers and consultancies involved in commissioning, designing and constructing sea defences (Sefton Council, Environment Agency, Balfour Beatty, Marlan Maritime Technologies and the Channel Coastal Observatory).
The storm catalogue is an archive of the spatial footprint and associated storm track of extreme wave events since 2003.
SWEEP OWWL is a 1-km resolution hydrodynamic model developed in Delft3D for the southwest of the UK. The model is forced along four boundaries by UK Met Office 2D spectral wave data, water levels, and currents, and the entire domain is forced with gridded wind and pressure data at 7-km resolution.