Southwest Regional Coastal Monitoring Programme

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Welcome to the page for the Southwest Regional Coastal Monitoring Programme (previously Plymouth Coastal Observatory). The Programme provides a consistent regional approach to coastal process monitoring, providing information of the development of strategic shoreline management plans, coastal defence strategies and operational management of coastal protection and flood defence.

The Programme is managed on behalf of the Coastal Groups, in partnership with the maritime Local Authorities and the Environment Agency. The Programme is funded by Defra, with Teignbridge District Council acting as the lead authority. For further information:

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Programme Background


Data collection is co-ordinated at South West Coastal Monitoring, on behalf of the Programme partners.

Learn more about South West Coastal Monitoring

Meet the team at South West Coastal Monitoring

Project Management Team

A team has been set up to oversee the day-to-day management of the Regional Monitoring Programme, and to implement the proposals of the Project Board.

Click here to view the Project Management Team.

Data Management Team

The team at South West Coastal Monitoring manage all the data collected by the Programme, including topographic and bathymetric survey data, LiDAR, aerial photography and ecological mapping. The team also provides analysis of the data and reports for the maritime Local Authority partners.

Data are fully quality-controlled by South West Coastal Monitoring before being archived and uploaded to the website's Data Catalogue and Map Viewer, where they are freely available to interested parties.

South West Coastal Monitoring team are:

Ruth AdamsProgramme Manager
Emerald SiggeryTeam Leader
Lucy BracegirdleCoastal Process Scientist – Coastal Assets
Miriam CattermoleCoastal Process Scientist – Assets Lead
Tom DarleyCoastal Process Scientist – GIS Lead
Isabel KellyCoastal Process Scientist – North Cornwall and Isles of Scilly
Josie-Alice KirbyCoastal Process Scientist – South Devon and Dorset
Joseff SaundersCoastal Process Scientist – South Cornwall
Lee SkittrallContracts and Programme Officer
Dr Mark WigginsCoastal Process Scientist - North Devon, Somerset and the Severn Estuary
Joshua WebbornCoastal Process Scientist – South Devon

Enquiries for the SWCM team can be sent to:


The following organisations are the Southwest Strategic Regional Coastal Monitoring Programme's partners.

Stroud District Council
Bristol Council
Cornwall Council
Dorset Council
East Devon
Environment Agency
Forest of Dean
Scilly Council
north devon Council
North Sommerset Council
Plymoth City Council
South Hams
south gloucestershire council
xTeignbridge District councilxx
Torbay Council
torridge council
Devon county council
Exeter City Council
Somerset  Council

To report a missing or damaged Waverider buoy, please phone Fugro GB Marine Limited on: 07810 697357

If you would like further information about Southwest Regional Coastal Monitoring Programme, please use the contact details provided or use our contact form to directly message Southwest Regional Coastal Monitoring.

South West Coastal Monitoring
University of Plymouth
Drake Circus

+44 (0)1752 586155

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