Engineering from Clouds to Coast

Coastal and Estuarine Processes

Coastal and Estuarine Processes

Coastal and Estuarine Processes 

Coastal and estuarine research at EC2 focuses on computational modelling and analysis of hydrodynamics and morphodynamics of coasts and estuaries at a range of time scales: event scale (few days), seasonal scale (few months to an year), medium term (few years to a decade) and long term (few decades to a century). Our main research in this research area includes:

  • Analysis of historical coastal change
  • Modelling ecological impacts on estuary morphology
  • Beach response to extreme weathers 
  • Coastal erosion and flooding
  • Climate change and coastal morphodynamics  

Environmental Impacts of Marine Renewables

Environmental Impacts of Marine Renewables

EC2 is involved in modelling environmental impacts of tidal and wave energy extraction, with particular focus on the physical environment. We look at both near-field and far filed impacts at a range of time scales. The main research progressing in this area includes:

  • Impacts of wave energy extraction on coastal hydro and sediment dynamics
  • Interaction of tidal current turbines with the sea bed

Radar Hydrology & Flood Risk Management

Radar Hydrology & Flood Risk Management

The group has more than 30 years of research experiences in Weather Radar and Radar Hydrology. As engineering hydrologists, our interest is focused on how to acquire rainfall observations using modern technology such as weather radars and their applications in flood risk management, extreme storm monitoring and early warnings. The research line ranges from fundamental research such as techniques for improving rainfall observations, to applications of rainfall now-casting and radar driven hydrological forecasting.  We have been working closely with government agencies and industrial partners. Through the years, we have taken part in various related research projects as well the provision of consultation to industries. As engineers, we have been able to develop and build weather radars with industrial partners that effectively supported past projects and the ongoing research. 

Hydrometeorological and Hydro-climatic Modelling

Hydrometeorological and Hydro-climatic Modelling

The increased complexity of many engineering problems when put in the context of the changing environment (climate, population) highlights the need of interdisciplinary research efforts.  The expertise in meteorology and numerical weather prediction have offered us the capacity to address such complex research problems, e.g., real time flood forecasting with rainfall forecast, the cloud-to-coast approach of coast flooding mitigation, climate change impact on water resources, future trend of extreme flooding and droughts and adaptation. The group is specialized at climate data downscaling, and coupled models that are indispensable tool in this area.  The recent collaboration with the Met Office has added the UK Unified Model to our modelling infrastructure that supports our on-going efforts on the research of Welsh Extreme Weather Initiative.

Current Research Projects

  •  iCOASST: Integrated Coastal Sediment Systems (NERC)
  • TeraWatt: Large scale Interactive coupled 3D modelling for wave and tidal energy resource and environmental impact (EPSRC Supergen Marine Challenge)
  • Flood MEMORY: Multi-Event Modelling Of Risk & Recovery (EPSRC Innovative Solutions to Flood Risk Sandpit)
  • EcoWATT2050 (EPSRC)
  • KTP Project "Climate Model Optimisation and Extreme Weather Impact Study", Supported by Welsh Government and Fujitsu Labrotories of Europe Ltd. Principle Investigator: Dr Y Xuan.

EC2 Staff Members

Academic Staff

Research Staff