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New blog – Engineering in the Coastal Environment MSc

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.

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Understanding a coastal flood event: the 10th March 2008 storm surge event in the Solent, UK

Our new paper on coastal flooding has just been published online –

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.


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Available PhD projects at NOC

We have a number of PhD projects available in coastal oceanography at the  National Oceanography Centre, University of Southampton:
1. Exploitation of new satellite altimetry data in the coastal zone to assess changes in sea surface height and wave climate.
2. Formation, persistence and spacing of rip channels in different coastal environments
3. Morphological evolution of managed realignment schemes
4. The concept of equilibrium in the dynamics of inlets and estuaries.
Please pass around to anyone you know who might be interested. You can apply online at: or contact me if you have any questions.