Areas of assistance

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Fields of interest include:

  • Sediment dynamics and morphology, with particular focus on climatic change
  • Coastal surveying techniques (Photogrammetric UAVs and Terrestrial Laser Scanner)
  • Ecological engineering to improve coastal biodiversity and resilience

Specialist expertise across two colleges, ESRI and Biosciences, to the marine and coastal energy sector.

Coastal Surveying

Coastal Surveying

The environmental impact of using wave and tidal energy is still largely unknown.

The SEACAMS 2 coastal team are putting novel technologies to the test and are undertaking a variety of coastal surveying techniques including UAVs (pictured) and Terrestrial Laser Scanner to understand the way coastal environments will change from marine energy extractions. 

Coastal Morphodynamics

Coastal Morphodynamics

This research area is of particular interest amongst the coastal engineering staff. The team will assess and monitor coastal morphodynamics in collaboration with SEACAMS2 projects associated with the tidal and wave energy sectors. 

The team are currently trialling a terrestrial laser scanner (pictured) to gather data on coastal morphodynamics in South Wales.

Coastal Resilience and Ecological Engineering

Sand dunes at Kenfig Nature Reserve

With expertise in sediment dynamics, analysis and surveying, the team can offer expert advise on coastal projects including those of coastal resilience and ecological engineering. 

Rising sea level and increasing storminess threaten biodiversity and resilience (i.e., the ability to persist and continue to provide ecosystem services in the face of environmental change) of coastal ecosystems including sand dunes, salt marshes, and rocky shores. Construction of renewable energy structures (e.g., tidal lagoons) in coastal areas presents both issues and opportunities for biodiversity and ecosystem resilience.