Coastal Monitoring Programme

The Eastern Solent Coastal Partnership delivers topographic and bathymetric surveys for the Southeast Strategic Regional Coastal Monitoring Programme. This programme is funded by Defra, and is one of six regional programmes that comprise the National Network of Regional Coastal Monitoring Programmes of England.

The survey work involves measuring the elevation and type of material on the beach and sea bed in a co-ordinated and systematic manner to serve the needs of coastal engineering and management. The area of coastline covered by ESCP extends from Portsmouth through to Selsey Bill, and includes Hayling Island, East and West Witterings, and Bracklesham Bay.

The programme aims to meet the needs of strategic beach management through:

  • Understanding the short-term fluctuations and long-term trends of coastal processes;
  • Identifying current problems associated with human activities and natural coastal evolution;
  • Predicting and monitoring future coastal evolution.

For information on the surveying techniques we use, please click on the links below:

Topographic beach survey

Bathymetric surveys

Waves and tides

The data we collect are useful to Local Authorities within the region, the Environment Agency, consultants in coastal defence, conservation management and academic research, and for educational purposes. All the data collected is freely available via the Channel Coastal Observatory website.

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