Coastal Seminar Series


Coastal seminar Series -Semester 1 – 2018/2019

Monday 08 October 2018, 18:00-20:00

NOCS (B68)- Charnock Lecture Theatre

  Dr Sally Brown, Dr Phillip Goodwin, Dr Ivan Haigh, Prof Robert Nicholls (University of Southampton), “Workshop on Coastal and Marine Implications of 1.5oC Global Warming and the Future of the Paris Agreement ”    –  Student Blog Here 

Listen to the recorded talk  here

Tuesday, 23 October 2018, 18:00-19:00

Building 07/3009 L/T A, Highfield Campus

  Prof Edmund Penning-Rowsell, OBE  (Middlesex and Oxford Universities) “Managing our coastal risks: A serious cause for concern?”  –  Student Blog Here –
Tuesday, 02 November 2018, 16:00-17:00

NOCS (B68)- Ray Beverton Room 044/11

  Dr Ivan Haigh, Mrs Addina Inayatillah, Ms Lucy Fillbrook  (University of Southampton), “SurgeWatch – 2,000 years of coastal flooding in the UK–  Student Blog Here –
 Friday,23 November 2018, 16:00-17:00

Building 07/3021 L/R/ D   Highfield Campus

  Dr Alexandra Toimil Silva (IHCantabriaA probabilistic framework for the assessment of coastal erosion ”  –  Student Blog Here – 
Tuesday, 27 November, 2018 13:00-14:00

Building 85/2207  Highfield Campus

  Prof Richard Simons ( UCLSeabed scour around offshore foundations”  –  Student Blog Here – 
Friday 07 December 2018  16:00-17:00

Building 05/2015 L/T H   Highfield Campus

  Ms Lauren Burt ( New Forest District CouncilPast, Present and Future Management of Hurst Spit”  –  Student Blog Here – 
Friday 08 January 2019  16:00-17:00

Building 05/2011 L/T G   Highfield Campus

  Mr Scott Armstrong (University of Southampton)  “Unintended consequences of beach nourishment along the U.S. Atlantic and Gulf Coasts”  –  Student Blog Here – 

If you have any questions or comments regarding the seminar series, please contact: Dr Abiy S. Kebede (  (Tel: 023 8059 4796 (External) / x24796 (Internal)) or Dr Hachem Kassem ( ) (Tel: 023 8059 6205 (External) / x26205 (Internal)).




Coastal seminar Series -Semester 2 – 2017/2018


Tuesday, 20 February 2018, 6pm – 7pm

Building 07/3009 L/T A Highfield Campus

  Dr David Harlow (Bournemouth Borough Council), “ Bournemouth Beach Replenishment, 1970 – 2016”    – Student Blog here
Tuesday, 06 March 2018, 4pm – 5pm

NOCS – Seminar Room (B68) -NOC 104/13)

  Dr Thomas Dhoop  (Channel Coastal Observatory), “Spatial Characteristics and Duration of Extreme Wave Events around the English Coastline”   –  Blog Here
Friday, 09 March 2018, 4pm – 5pm

Building 27/2003 L/R 2 Highfield Campus

  Dr Matthew Wadey  (East Solent Coastal Partneship), “ Extreme sea levels, waves and coastal flood events in the Solent ”   –  Blog Here
 Tuesday, 24 April 2018, 4pm – 5pmBuilding 44/1057L/ B Highfield Campus   Mr Bill Cooper 30 years in marine consultancy – some past achievements and some future opportunities for the next generation”   –  Blog Here
Wednesday 09 May at 4 pm Lanchester Building 07/3031 L/R F2, Highfield Campus    Ms Sien van der Plank (University of Southampton), “Coastal Flood Risk Management: Towards Increased Integration and Resiliences  ”    –  Blog Here

If you have any questions or comments regarding the seminar series, please contact: Dr Abiy S. Kebede (  (Tel: 023 8059 4796 (External) / x24796 (Internal)) or Dr Hachem Kassem ( ) (Tel: 023 8059 6205 (External) / x26205 (Internal)).


Coastal seminar Series -Semester 1 – 2017/2018

Tuesday 10 Oct at 4 pm Building 85/2207, Highfield Campus   Dr Eli Lazarus (Lecturer in Geomorphology, University of Southampton), “ Weird dynamical signatures from developed coastlines ”    – Student Blog here
Friday 13 Oct at 4 pm Building 27/2003, L/R 2 Highfield Campus   MR Murtuza Noman  (General Economic Division, Government of Bangladesh), “ Bangladesh Delta Plan 2100 – A mega plan in the making ”    –  Blog Here
Wednesday 25 Oct at 4 pm Building 07/3027, L/R F1 Highfield Campus   Dr Leonard Nurse  (University of the West Indies), “ Integrated Coastal Management in the Caribbean: Challenges, Threats and the Pursuit of Solutions under a Changing Climate ”    –  Blog Here
Wednesday 01 Nov at 6 pm Lanchester Building 07/3031 L/R F2, Highfield Campus   Prof Carl Amos (Emeritus Professor, University of Southampton), “Temperature trends in the coastal ocean – some immediate impacts  ”    –  Blog Here
Tuesday, 07 Nov  at 16.00 Building 85/2207, Highfield Campus    Dr Anjana Ford  (Programme Manager for Learning, Jurassic Coast Trust), “ Coastal Conflicts: Managing the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site”    –  Blog Here
Wednesday 22 Nov at 16.00 Building 07/3031, L/R F2 Highfield Campus   Dr Siddharth Narayan (UC Santa Cruz), “ Coastal Adaptation and Nature-based Approaches: A Landscape-Scale Perspective”    –  Blog Here
Tuesday 05 Dec at 16.00 Building 19/3011, Highfield Campus   Ms Amy Welch (PhD Researcher, University of Southampton), “ Coevolution in deltas: The interaction between human engineering and natural systems”    –  Blog Here

If you have any questions or comments regarding the seminar series, please contact: Dr Abiy S. Kebede (  (Tel: 023 8059 4796 (External) / x24796 (Internal)) or Dr Hachem Kassem ( ) (Tel: 023 8059 6205 (External) / x26205 (Internal))



Coastal seminar Series -Semester 2 – 2016/2017

Friday 20 Jan at 11.30 NOCS Level 4, node 7, R02, Waterfront Campus, SO14 3ZH   Dr Hagen Radtke (IOW Institude, Germany), “The Tagging Method as a diagnostic tool in ecosystem models – three examples from the Baltic See”    –
Thursday 16 Feb at 16.00 Building 19/3011, Highfield Campus, SO17 1BJ   Ms Frances Dunn (PhD Researcher, University of Southampton), “The future of fluvial sediment delivery to deltas”    –  Blog Here
Tuesday 28 Feb at 18.00 Lanchester Building 07/3031 L/R F2, Highfield Campus, SO17 1BJ   Prof Nigel Pontee (CH2M), “Restoring the UK’s coastal Wetlands: past, present and future”    –  Blog Here
Thursday 16 Mar  at 16.00 Lanchester Building 07/3031 L/R F2, Highfield Campus, SO17 1BJ    “TBC”    –  Blog Here
Thursday 04 May at 16.00 Building 27/2003 L/R 2, Highfield Campus, SO17 1BJ   Mr Tom Slater (Atkins), “Rivers, coastal and maritime engineering within a consultancy”    –  Blog Here
Thursday 11 May at 18.00 Lanchester Building 07/3031 L/R F2, Highfield Campus, SO17 1BJ   Mr Tim Reeder (Climate Change Consultant), “TBC”    –  Blog Here

If you have any questions or comments regarding the seminar series, please contact: Dr Abiy S. Kebede ( or Dr Susan Hanson ( (Tel: 023 8059 4796 (External) / x24796 (Internal))


Coastal Seminar Series, Semester 1, 2016-2017


Tuesday 04 Oct at 16.00 Building 06/1081 L/R B
  Dr Yasha Hetzel (University of Western Australia), “Assessing the ability of storm surge models to include wave setup and coastal trapped waves around Australia”    –  Blog Here
Tuesday 25 Oct at 18.00 Building 07/3031 L/R F2   Prof. Ken Pye (Visiting Professor, Kenneth Pye Associates Ltd.): “Building with Nature: Creation, maintenance and management of beaches and dunes for multiple benefits – taking a long-term perspective” – Blog here
Tuesday 08 Nov. at 18.00 Building 07/3031  L/R F2     Dr Kwasi Appeaning-Addo (Visiting Scholar from University of Ghana): “Title: Shoreline morphological change in West Africa: Ghana’s experience”
Tuesday, 15 Nov at 16:00 Building 06/1081 L/R B   Dr. Thomas Wahl (University of Southampton): “Understanding extreme sea levels for coastal risk and adaptation analysis”  – Blog here
Tuesday, 06 Dec at 16:00 (Building 06/1081 L/R B)   Miss Jiayi Fang (Visiting PhD student from Beijing Normal University): “Risk assessment and scenario analysis of coastal flood in China”

If you have any questions or comments regarding the seminar series, please contact: Dr. Thomas Wahl ( or Dr. Abiy Kebede ( (Tel: 023 8059 4796 (External) / x24796 (Internal))



Coastal Seminar Series Semester 2 -2015.

Coastal Seminar Series, Semester 2, 2015-2016

Wednesday 27 Jan at 16.00

Highfield Campus

Building 6/1129

  PhD. Jonathan Simm (HR Wallingford), “The UK national flood risk assessment methodology
Wednesday 3 Feb at 16.00

Building 6/1129

  Andrew Emery (Bournemouth Tourism), “Long term strategic development of the seafront ‘asset’, impacts and contributions to local and regional tourism economy and beach replenishment/ coastal defence process
Wednesday 10 Feb at 16.00

Building 6/1129

Wednesday 17 Feb at 16.00

NOCS lab G1 (166/21)

  PhD. Mike Walkden (WSP Group), “Cliff and Shore Sensitivity to Accelerated Sea Level Rise”
Wednesday 24 Feb at 16.00
National oceanography Centre, Southampton. NOCS Seminar Room (104/13)
  PhD candidate Amy Welsh (University of  Southampton), “Significant wave height validation for nearshore West of Britain using new ALES algorithm data and SWAN model outputs
Wednesday 2 Mar at 16.00
Building 6/1129
  PhD Matt Wadey (University of  Southampton), “Causes of Coastal Flood Events in the Maldives
 Wednesday 9 Mar at 16.00
Building 6/1129
  PhD James Sutherland (HR Wallingford), “Reduced-complexity modelling of morphological evolution over management scales: Formby to Fleetwood”
Wednesday 16 Mar at 16.00
National oceanography Centre, Southampton. NOCS Seminar Room (104/13)
  PhD Matt Lewis (Bangor University), “Using numerical models to characterise marine renewable energies
Thursday 17 Mar at 18.00
Building 7/3027
   PhD Paul Sayers (Sayers and Partners), “Climate Change Risk Assessment 2017 Projections of future flood risk in the UK ”

Please contact Andres Payo for questions and comments:

Coastal Seminar Series Semester 1 -2015.

Coastal Seminar Series, Semester 1, 2015-2016

Wednesday 7 Oct at 13.00

NOCS Conference Room (344/32)  


  Dr Andres payo (Oxford University/ University of Southampton), “A stubborn challenge for new generations of coastal geomorphologist: anticipating coastal morphological changes at decadal and longer time scales
Thursday 08 Oct at 18.00

Building 07/3027


  Prof. Colin Woodroffe (University of Wollongong, AUS), Sea-level change and shoreline response: the past as a guide to the future of our coasts.
Wednesday 28 Oct at 16.00

Building 46/2005

  PhD. Esme Flegg (University of Southampton), How is the UK affected by maritime disruptions, and how have we adapted through time?
Wednesday 11 Nov at 16.00

Building 46/2005

  Dr. David-Favis Mortlock (University of Oxford), ““… But some places are more interesting than others.” Computationally-expensive modelling of hillslopes and coasts: an approach which selectively focuses on the interesting places
Wednesday 25 Nov at 16.00

Building 32/1015

  Dr. Ian Townend & Dr. Michael Ellis (University of Southampton & BGS), “The challenges of embracing the system thinking paradigm in coastal engineering
Tuesday 08 Dec at 14.00

National oceanography Centre Southampton

NOCS Seminar Room (104/13)


  Prof Ian Turner (University of New South Wales),

Four decades of coastline monitoring at Narrabeen Beach, Sydney Australia

Wednesday 09 Dec at 16.00

Building 46/2005

   Dr. Alan Smith (University of Southampton), “How does human population exposure to flood risk fluctuate by time of day, and why does it matter?

Please contact Andres Payo for questions and comments:



University of Southampton Coastal Seminar Series 2015. Talk by Dr Andres Payo

Dr Andres Payo (Research Fellow at University of Southampton/ Senior Research Associate at Oxford University) will give a talk as part of the Coastal Seminar Series 2015. The talk is entitled:  “A stubborn challenge for new generations of coastal geomorphologist: anticipating coastal morphological changes at decadal and longer time scales”

The talk will take place at the National Oceanography Centre, Southampton, (Conference Room (344/32) ) on Wednesday 07th Oct, 2015 at 13.00.
Ocean and Earth Science, National Oceanography Centre Southampton University of Southampton Waterfront Campus European Way Southampton SO14 3ZH United Kingdom



The next Coastal Seminar, will be given by Dr Fantina Madricardo:

Applications of high resolution MBES technology in extremely shallow environments”.

Fantina will be visiting from the Insitute of Marine Sciences (ISMAR-CNR) in Venice, Italy. The seminar will take place on Friday 4th September, 2015; at 11:00 am; in the John Swallow (054/06) room, National Oceanography Centre, Southampton. All are welcome.


Recent technological developments of multibeam echosounder systems (MBES) allow seafloor mapping with unprecedented detail. MBES can now be employed in extremely shallow waters, challenging the instruments commonly designed for deeper waters. With high-resolution bathymetry and co-located backscatter data, it is now possible to map not only unexplored seafloor morphologies, but also the spatial distribution of fine scale benthic habitats in transitional environments. Starting from the results of a large survey carried out in 2013 with a Kongsberg EM2040DC MBES in the Venice lagoon, the talk will illustrate some applications of the potential MBES data as a basis for multidisciplinary research.

About the SpeakerDr Fantina Madricardo
Dr Fantina Madricardo is a researcher at the Insitute of Marine Sciences (ISMAR-CNR) in Venice, Italy. With a background in theoretical physics (MSc in Physics, 1999, University of Padova. PhD in Theoretical Physics, 2002, University of Hamburg, Germany) she is now leading the underwater acoustic and shallow water bathymetry group at ISMAR. She is mainly interested in underwater acoustics and geophysics, with focus on developing new processing techniques for high resolution multibeam and sub-bottom profiler data in extremely shallow environments.

Information available at:





This is a reminder of a Coastal Seminar taking place Next Monday, 01st June, 2015, AT 11:00 by Dr. Pushpa Dissanayake (Swansea University) on  Numerical modelling on storm driven beach/dune evolution. This will take place in the John Swallow Room (054/06) at the National Oceanography Centre, Southampton.



Beach/dune systems are natural barriers against coastal flooding, often under threat due to storm driven erosion and therefore, erosion is of concern for coastal safety and sustainable development in the areas where frontal dune systems are present. Numerical simulations were used to investigate the impacts of storms/storm cluster on beach/dune evolution applying the Sefton coast (Liverpool Bay, UK) as the case study area and the storms occurred during the 2013/2014 winter period. The XBeach model was used to simulate beach/dune change from 1) the storm sequence (Cluster) and 2) the same storms considering them as isolated events. Offshore metadata was transformed to the nearshore area using the Delft3D and SWAN models. Analysis of the Clustered and Isolated simulations showed the effect of clustering on the Sefton beach/dune system when compared to the impact of isolated events occurred on a fully recovered beach system. Morphodynamics during each event in the Cluster were influenced by the preceding storm(s), such that the evolution is not proportional to the severity of each storm event, as it would be for Isolated events. The Cluster prevented system recovery extending the erosion area continually southward along the coast compared with that in Isolated events. Storm chronology in a storm cluster had a little effect on the cumulative evolution within storm clusters whereas the bed evolution during a storm event depends on the sequence of occurrence within a storm cluster. Results enhance the understanding of beach/dune response to storm clusters, to interpret observed morphological changes and to develop tools for sustainable coastal management particularly in the Sefton coast and generally in similar systems.

Key words: storm cluster, beach/dune erosion, XBeach, Sefton coast


About Dissa:

Dr. Pushpa Dissanayake (‘Dissa’) is presently a postdoc in Swansea University and has more than 10 years of experience investigating different physical processes of coastal systems in Sri Lanka, the Netherlands, Germany and UK. He graduated as a Civil Engineer with BSc (Hons) in Sri Lanka and obtained MSc and PhD in Coastal Engineering, in the Netherlands. He has authored 10 journal articles and nearly 30 conference proceedings, and reviewed articles from a number of journals. He teaches under graduate and post graduate levels and contributes to the research proposals, while undertaking collaborative research with the Netherlands, Germany and Japan apart from his primary assignment in Swansea University.





Professor Andy Bradbury Memorial Seminar

Wednesday 25th March, 2015;AndyBradbury
National Oceanography Centre, Southampton

You are cordially invited to a Seminar given in memory of Professor Andy Bradbury, with contributions from scientists and engineers who have worked closely with Andy for many years on his research interests

1700 Refreshments
1730 Session 1 – Chairman William Allsop
Presentations by: Tim Pullen, Belen Blanco and Robert Nicholls
1845 Wine Reception (kindly sponsored by HR Wallingford)
1910 Session 2 – Chairman Robert Nicholls
Presentations by: Andrew Colenutt, William Allsop, Peter Ferguson, Jonathon Simm and Travis Mason
2015 Discussion
2030 Close

If you would like to attend please email by Monday 16 March 2015



Coastal Seminar by Professor Jon French – UCL

Prof jon French - UCL
Prof jon French – UCL

A quick reminder for this evening’s coastal seminar:

‘Appropriate complexity for modelling coastal and estuarine morphological change at decadal to centennial scales’

Professor Jon French (Coastal and Estuarine Unit and Environmental Modelling and Earth Observation Group, University College London)

Tuesday 10th February 2015 at 6 pm
Lanchester Building (07 / 3027 (L/R F1)
Highfield Campus, Southampton, SO17 1BJ


Jon  will be discussing the challenges of developing coastal mophological models, particularly over the long-term, and will present a new mesoscale estuary morphological model which addresses these challenges. Please see attached flyer for further information.


Coastal Seminar by Dr Ivan Haigh (University of Southampton)

Is the rate of sea level rise accelerating?ivan_haigh

Tuesday 25th November 2014 at 6pm
Lanchester building (7/3023 (L/R E))
Highfield Campus






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Coastal Seminar Series Semester 2 –  2013/2014

 download concise program here: Coastal Seminar Series Program 2


Coastal Seminar Series

Coastal Seminar Series Program – download concise program here.

The next evening coastal seminar will be:

Sea-level rise: impacts, adaptation and development

Prof Richard Tol (University of Sussex)

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Thursday 28th November 2013 at 6 pm

Charnock Lecture Theatre

National Oceanography Centre,

Southampton, SO14 3ZH

(Refreshments available from 5.30pm)

This talk presents the impacts of sea-level rise on coastal zones around the world and the technical options available to adapt. It discusses the economic and political issues around adaptation, focusing on the difficulties modern democracies have in delivering large-scale engineering projects. The presentation then turns to the role of development in facilitating successful adaptation to sea level rise, focusing on quality of governance and government


Dr. Paolo Cipollini, National Oceanography Centre, Southampton

Satellite altimetry in the coastal zone: past, present and future 

Date and time: Monday 4 November at 12.30

Location: Building 67/1003

Abstract Satellite altimetry over the oceans is regarded as one of the most successful remote sensing techniques, as it has allowed an unprecedented mapping of the ocean surface dynamics at the large- and meso-scale. With the improvements in orbit models, radar processing, atmospheric and geophysical effect corrections that have emerged over the years, altimetry gives today also a very accurate estimation of the rate of sea level rise and its geographical variability. However, altimetric data in the near-land strip (0 to 50 km from the coastline) are often flagged as bad and left unused, essentially owing to 1) difficulties with the corrections; and/or 2) the modification of the radar returns due to the presence of land in the footprint, which makes the fitting of the altimetric echoes with a waveform model (the so-called ‘retracking’ of the waveforms) problematic. This has prevented the applications of altimetry to be extended to the very oceanic domain where the impacts of changing climate and rising sea levels are most severely felt by society: the coastal zone.

In the last few years a vibrant international community of researchers has started developing the new field of coastal altimetry:  i.e. techniques to recover meaningful estimates of the altimeter-derived parameters (height, significant wave height and wind) in the coastal zone, by improving the corrections and developing specialized retracking techniques; this has opened the way to a number of new applications, that are showcased at the annual Coastal Altimetry Workshops (see

In this talk I will summarize the main achievements of coastal altimetry so far, for the benefit of the oceanographic community at large. I will show examples of the improvements in retracking and corrections that have been developed in the last few years. I will then describe the currently available data archives, and show some applications of the reprocessed data to coastal currents, gravity field, storm surges, lake levels. I will discuss the need for integration with models (and the related problems on how best to assimilate the reprocessed data) and other in situ observations, and the continuing efforts for calibration and validation of the coastal altimetry data. Finally, I will discuss the future of this relatively new discipline, that looks bright not only for the continuing improvements in reprocessing, but also thanks to the advent of SAR (delay-Doppler) altimetry, the technology adopted for ESA’s Cryosat-2 and Sentinel-3 missions, which has inherently better coastal capabilities.


Date and time: Monday 21 Oct 2013 at 12.30

Location: Building 34/3001 (L/T) – Highfield Campus

Prof. Efi Foufoula-Georgiou, Department of Civil Engineering, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

“Dynamic connectivity as a metric for resilience in river network processes”

Abstract River networks are the pathways for transport and transformation of fluxes generated by the landscape, e.g., overland flow, sediment, nutrients, pollutants.  Their “topological connectivity” dictates the static template over which these fluxes propagate, join, amplify, or dampen but their “dynamical connectivity” depends on the physical process of interest (water level, sediment type, sediment amount, or stream biology) and evolves over time as inputs change, propagate or get stored in the system. We propose a framework by which a “process-based dynamic connectivity” (PDC) is defined and the maximum cluster (the maximum coherent part of the river network that acts as a connected whole) is used as a metric for system resilience. We demonstrate these concepts via application to a large river basin in the Midwestern U.S. where geology, climate, and human actions have conspired to create excess sediment production impairing river water quality and aquatic life.