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.
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.
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.
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 theOpen Government Licence.
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.
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.
Data from Datawell directional Waverider buoys deployed by the National Network of Regional Coastal Monitoring Programmes of England, plus data from 3 industry buoys kindly provided by RWE Innogy and Wave Hub Limited, together provide an opportunity to assess the extent of bimodal seas both spatially and temporally.