Coastal Engineering

Langland Bay

Environmental Assessment and Analysis

Water quality

Marine Benthic ecology

Rocky shore and seagrass

Open Water Ecology

Dolphin

Areas of research

  • 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

Areas of research

  • Water Pollution
  • Ecosystem Health and Management
  • Coastal Water Quality

Areas of research

  • Coastal Surveys
  • Off-shore Environments
  • Conservation Issues

Areas of research

  • Biocoustic monitoring
  • Environmental impacts of marine renewable energy devices on marine mammals and seabirds
  • Animal movement, energy costs to diving seabirds
  • Effects of oceanography on foraging behaviours of marine mammals and seabirds

 Research and Development Projects

(As of August 2019)

 
Project Title
Project Partner
Status
SEACAMS Lead
SEACAMS Team
Porthcawl Harbourside Acoustic Monitoring
Porthcawl Harbourside CIC
Complete
Chiara Bertelli
Open Water
Marine survey data analysis software development
Titan Environment Surveys
Complete
Chris Lowe
Environmental Assessment and Analysis
Product development of micro-bubble barriers for coastal silt management and fish protection
Frog Environmental Ltd
Complete
Ruth Callaway
Marine Benthic Ecology
Distribution and identification of fish of conservation importance using hydro-acoustics
Tidal Lagoon Power
Complete
Chris Lowe
Environmental Assessment and Analysis
 
Ecological engineering to improve coastal biodiversity and resilience
Tidal Lagoon Power
Complete
John Griffin
Environmental Assessment and Analysis
Monitoring of intertidal morphodynamics in Swansea Bay
Tidal Lagoon Power
Complete
Iain Fairley
Coastal Engineering
Modelling sediment transport around Swansea Bay and the sandbank systems of the Bristol Channel
Tidal Lagoon Power
Complete
Jose Horillo-Caraballo
Coastal Engineering
Assessing the distribution of diving birds in relation to current strength  and renewable energy devices
Marine Environmental Pembrokeshire
Complete
Emily Shepard
Open Water
Use of the experimental wave tank for testing equipment
WaveTricity
Complete
Jose Horrillo-Caraballo
Coastal Engineering
Review of baseline data requirements for marine mammals at a tidal energy site
Nova Innovations
Complete
Hanna Nuuttila
Open Water
Developing new products from shellfish waste - Shell waste as soil conditioners or filtration media
Quay Fresh and Frozen Foods Ltd
Complete
Kam Tang
Chiara Bertelli
Anouska Mendzil
Environmental Assessment and Analysis
Developing new products from shellfish waste - waste shells as replacement microbeads
Quay Fresh and Frozen Foods Ltd
Complete
Kam Tang
Chiara Bertelli
Anouska Mendzil
Environmental Assessment and Analysis
Evaluating the use of static acoustic, UAVs and underwater cameras to assess the functionality of the Bardsey tidal site to cetaceans
Nova Innovations
Complete
Hanna Nuuttila
Anouska Mendzil
Open Water
Estimates of wave climate at a potential wave energy test site around Milford Haven
 
Bombora; Marine Energy Wales
Complete
Iain Fairley
Coastal Engineering
15
Floating and fixed artificial reefs as biodiversity enhancements in coastal  waters
Tidal Lagoon Power
Ongoing
Ruth Callaway
Marine Benthic Ecology
16
Biodiversity enhancement of tidal lagoons using seagrass restoration
Tidal Lagoon Power
Ongoing
Richard Unsworth
Marine Benthic Ecology
Assessing the impact of tidal energy devices on grey seals movements and energy expenditure
Marine Environmental Wales
Ongoing
Luca Borger
Open Water
High resolution assessment of Pembrokeshire wave energy resources
WaveHub
Ongoing
Iain Fairley
Coastal Engineering
19
Developing new methods for identifying herring spawn on the sea bed; assisting with site selection for tidal turbine trials in Milford Haven
Port of Milford Haven
Ongoing
David Clarke
Open Water
Trialling eDNA data collection for small cetaceans in Welsh waters affected by MRE developments
 
Sea Watch Foundation;
Gower Coast Adventures; Sea Trust; Manx Whale and Dolphin
Ongoing
Chiara Bertelli
Anouska Mendzil
Open Water
Assessing the distribution and diving behaviour of seabirds in relation to tidal conditions and marine energy installations
Marine Energy Wales
Ongoing
Emma-Louise Cole
Open Water
Biofouling community on a wave energy device
 
Bombora
Ongoing
Bettina Walter
Ruth Callaway
Environmental Assessment and Analysis
23
Effectiveness of bubble screens on controlling fish ingress and attenuating sound
 
Pembroke Power Station; Frog Environmental
Ongoing
David Clarke
Nick Fleming
Environmental Assessment and Analysis
24
Using genetics to discriminate components of herring catch in PPS intake
 
Pembroke Power Station
Ongoing
David Clarke
Mike Gwilliam
Environmental Assessment and Analysis
Tidal resources in the Milford Haven META
 
Marine Energy Wales
Ongoing
Jose Horrillo Caraballo
Iain Fairley
Coastal Engineering
26
Assessing biochemical and bioactive properties in marine compounds
 
Pembrokeshire Seaweeds
Ongoing
Bettina Walter
Kam Tang
Environmental Assessment and Analysis
Biology of marine concretes
 
WaveTricity
Ongoing
John Griffin
Matt Perkins
Environmental Assessment and Analysis
Developing a towed array for acoustic fish tracking; applying to Shad
 
Salar Environmental Services Ltd
Ongoing
David Clarke
Open Water
29
 
Use of UAV to map intertidal grain size
 
DMANDS
Ongoing
Iain Fairley
Coastal Engineering
30
Trials of cetacean deterrent devices around MRE installations
Celtic Deep; Nova Innovations
Ongoing
Chiara Bertelli
Open Water
Investigating the diving behaviour of seabirds in relation to tidal conditions using animal attached technologies
 
Royal Society for the Protection of Birds
Ongoing
Emily Shepard
Emma-Louise Cole
Open Water
32
From formaldehyde to Thiel fixation: Adapting methods from human anatomy
 
Coastal Assessment; Liaison; Monitoring (CALM) Ltd
 
Ongoing
Ruth Callaway
Marine Benthic Ecology
33
Improving marine restoration methods for enhancing the blue
 
WWF; Project Seagrass
Ongoing
Richard Unsworth
Marine Benthic Ecology
Assisting with site selection for a community tidal turbine project: Assessing the drivers for cetacean, seal and seabird abundance and distribution at a tidal energy site
Transition Bro Gwaun
Ongoing
Hanna Nuuttila
Open Water
35
Improving baited video methods for assessing fish around marine renewable structures
Ocean Ecology;
Marine Energy Wales;
Bombora
Ongoing
Richard Unsworth
Marine Benthic Ecology
Developing protocols for data collection, handling and analysis protocols for baseline monitoring at a tidal energy site
Sea Trust
Ongoing
Hanna Nuuttila
Open Water
Use of wave energy platform for opportunistic environmental monitoring
Marine Power Systems Ltd
New
Bettina Walter
Hanna Nuuttila
Open Water
38
Investigating the potential of indigenous jellyfish species
Jellagen Pty Ltd
New
Nick Fleming
Open Water
39
Design of towed deployment survey system
 
Titan Environmental Survey Ltd
New
Chris Lowe
Iain Fairley
Ian Masters
Coastal Engineering
40
Acoustic tracking of Sea Trout in Swansea Bay. A pilot study
Pontardawe and Swansea Angling Society Ltd
New
David Clarke
Chris Lowe
Open Water
Measuring disturbance effects of UAVs on grey seals
Pembrokeshire Coastal Forum
Ongoing
Chiara Bertelli
Anouska Mendzil
Open Water