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Southeast Regional Coastal Monitoring Programme

Analysis programme

Analysis of the data is carried out in a systematic manner across the programme. Techniques are determined by a specialist team, experienced in coastal analysis. All analysis reports are available from the website's Reports page, either as pdf files which can be downloaded directly or, where appropriate, with links to the Data Catalogue download page.  There are four main types of analysis report:

- Annual Survey Report

The basis of the survey analysis is a comparison of the spring profile data, both from year to year and from the latest survey to a "baseline" survey - usually the start of the monitoring programme.  Analysis is undertaken and reported for each topographic sub-cell (e.g. sub-cell 4d, Beachy Head to Selsey Bill), each year.  Results are presented as colour-coded lines superimposed on the ortho-photography, allowing an "at a glance" assessment of where the changes have taken place. Subsequent sections of this Annual Survey Report contain the supporting profile and cross-sectional area graphs and detailed information.  Bathymetric changes are included where possible.

- BMP Survey Report

These are the detailed analysis reports for beaches which have a Beach Management Plan, and include an assessment of the performance of the beach as a whole, ideally against the design conditions

Recommendation of Data Management Group for the content of BMP Reports

- Coastal Wave Network Report

This report contains the statistical analysis of wave data for a calendar year, for each of the Programme's wave buoys, including the major storms of the year and, where sufficient data has been collected, an estimate of return period wave heights.

- Tide Gauge Network Report

This report contains the statistical analysis of tide data for a calendar year, for each of the Programme's tide gauges, including the highest water levels and highest surges.  The reports and analysis are based on those produced by the National Sea Level and Tidal Facility, Proudman Oceanographic Laboratory, for the National Network gauges.

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