Flood barriers protecting Venice from storm surges have been tested for the first time:
I am the co-director (together with Robert Nicholls) and admissions officer of the MSc Engineering in the Coastal Environment. This programe is uniquely provided jointly by academics from the Faculty of Engineering and the Environment, based at Highfield Campus and Ocean and Earth Science, based at the National Oceanography Centre. The programme is strongly linked to industry and focussed on applied issues in the coastal zone. The overall goal is to educate technically-orientated coastal practitioners for suitable employment in coastal engineering, both in consultancies and relevant areas of government. I am pleased to say we have just launched a new blog with details about the course and interviews with past and present students. Our current students are finishing off their research projects. Our next intake start the last week in September 2013.
I want to wish Bryce Corlett all the best as he moves back to the USA to start a PhD at Wood’s Hole. Bryce has spent a year at the NOC undertaking the Engineering in the Coastal Environment MSc that I co-direct with Prof Robert Nicholls and Carl Amos. Byrce undertook his research project with me, looking at relative sea level trends and vertical land movements around the UK. We are in the process of writing that work up as a journal paper. All the best with this next stage of your life!
Very interesting new database:
Our new paper on coastal flooding has just been published online – http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11069-013-0610-5.
In this paper we model the inundation of the 10th March 2008 flood event, which generated the highest water level in Southampton water since 1935. We created a regional dataset of flood extent information and used this to validate the modelling.