Centre for Coastal Research (CCR)

Recently completed projects

groupThe EU, Interreg III funded Beaches At Risk (BAR) project

BAR is a transnational project that highlights the importance of effective beach management for coastal defence, dune rehabilitation, tourism and biodiversity conservation. Researchers have been working to identify beaches suffering greatest erosion on both the Channel coasts, assess their susceptibility to predicted sea level rise and increased storminess, identify nature conservation sites that would be lost or damaged as a result, and identify the risks for coastal management. The project team consists of geomorphologists and geologists at the Université de Rouen, Université de Caen and Université de Littoral (Dunkerque) and ecologists at East Sussex County Council and Kent Wildlife Trust working together with geomorphologists at the University of Sussex.
Project Leader: Cherith Moses

The DEFRA funded Understanding and Predicting Beach Morphological Change Associated with the Erosion of Cohesive Shore Platforms

Cohesive shore platforms are developed in relatively non-resistant material and the irreversible erosion of these landforms plays a large part in controlling the functioning of the wider coastal system. In order to manage this coastal system most effectively, an improved understanding is required amongst coastal scientists and managers of the erosion and weathering processes governing the behaviour of these landforms, and also of their interactions with beaches and backing sea cliffs. This research project has aimed to improve our technical understanding of the roles of the different parameters and processes that contribute to the down-wearing of cohesive shore platforms through:

  • a detailed review of existing literature;
  • innovative field work campaigns at two contrasting platform-beach sites in the UK;
  • laboratory analyses of collected samples; and
  • a series of numerical model tests.

The improved scientific knowledge gained from the study has been translated into preliminary 'best practice' guidance for coastal managers. The research team includes Posford Haskoning Ltd., University of Sussex, British Geological Society and University of Newcastle.
Project Leader: Royal Haskoning Ltd.

nashThe EU, MAST III funded ESPED project

The group has worked collaboratively with coastal researchers in France, Portugal, Sweden, Spain and Britain to study the evolution of rocky coasts. The ESPED project has brought together geologists, ecologists, geographers and engineers to further scientific understanding of the processes that control shore platform downwearing and cliff recession.
Project Leader: Rendel Williams

The EU, Interreg II funded BERM project

Understanding the potential sustainability of beaches on the Channel coasts is of vital importance for effective coastal management in the region. In the BERM project we teamed up with geographers and geologists at the University of Rouen and coastal managers on both sides of the Channel to carry out pioneering work on the origin, evolution and sustainability of the Channel coast beaches of East Sussex, Seine Maritime and Somme.
Project Leader: Cherith Moses

The Environment Agency funded STONE project

Sediment transport in estuaries is poorly understood, yet is of considerable importance for effective management of the coastal zone. Together with the Environment Agency and Compass Hydrographic Services Ltd. we have monitored sediment transfer across the Ouse-Newhaven Estuary over a three year period to enhance understanding of sediment dynamics.
Project Leaders: Andy Cundy, Cherith Moses, Rendel Williams

The EU, Interreg III funded, Rive Manche Estuary Watch (RIMEW) project

The project examined the potential for the sustainable management of contaminated sediments from the Seine, Medway and Ouse estuaries. An extensive sampling programme was undertaken of both surface sediments and deep sedimentary cores in all three estuaries and the samples analysed for a variety of contaminants both organic and inorganic. The research team involved partners from the Universities of Rouen, Le Havre, Littoral and Lille in France and Sussex, Brighton, Greenwich and Queen Mary College in the UK.
Project Leader: Andy Cundy

The DEFRA funded Erosion of Cohesive Shorelines project

This project was a scoping study (to current best practice) of the processes associated with the erosion of cohesive shore platforms and interactions with the sediment budget in order to identify the research and development needs; define a research project to address the gaps in our understanding and provide detailed guidance to best practice regarding the management of these coastlines; and provide preliminary advice regarding the management of these coastlines. The research team included Posford Haskoning Ltd., University of Sussex, British Geological Society and University of Newcastle.
Project Leader: Royal Haskoning Ltd.