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Strategic Regional Coastal Monitoring Programme in England. Wales Coastal and Maritime Partnership http://www.walescoastalpartnership.org.uk/ Northern Ireland Coastal and Marine Forum http://www.coastalmarineni.com/ Marine Scotland Strategic Plan 2010-2013

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Strategic Regional Coastal Monitoring Programme

in England

Wales Coastal and Maritime Partnership

http://www.walescoastalpartnership.org.uk/

Northern Ireland Coastal and Marine Forum

http://www.coastalmarineni.com/

Marine Scotland Strategic Plan 2010-2013

http://www.scotland.gov.uk/About/Directorates/Wealthier-and-Fairer/Marine-Scotland

Cherith Moses


Introduction

Coastal groups and shoreline management plans

Data requirements and strategic monitoring

(Southeast England)

National strategic regional coastal monitoring programme

Data management centre

New Forest District Council

University of Southampton

National Oceanography Centre


Coastal management.

Coastal management in England and Wales: Shoreline Management Plans.

‘A Shoreline Management Plan (SMP) provides a large-scale assessment of the risks associated with coastal processes and presents a policy framework to reduce these risks to people and the developed, historic and natural environment in a sustainable manner.’ DEFRA (2001, p1).

‘A sediment cell is defined as a length of coastline which is relatively self-contained as far as the movement of sand or shingle is concerned and where interruption to such movement should not have a significant effect on adjacent sediment cells’ (MAFF, 1995).


Each Coastal Group has a lead authority and the membership includes:

DEFRA

SMPs are drawn up by a process of:

consultation

data collection

analysis

setting overall objectives

plan preparation.


The subcell boundaries are ‘not definitive; includes:

they are based on best available knowledge of large scale processes’

(MAFF 1995, p1).

For example, major cell 5 is subdivided into the following subcells:

5A SELSEY BILL TO PORTSMOUTH HARBOUR

5B PORTSMOUTH HARBOUR TO SOUTHAMPTON

5C SOUTHAMPTON TO HURST SPIT

5D THE NEEDLES TO FORELAND, ISLE OF WIGHT

5E FORELAND TO THE NEEDLES, ISLE OF WIGHT

5F HURST SPIT TO DURLSTON HEAD

5G DURLSTON HEAD TO PORTLAND BILL

Subcell 4d: Selsey Bill to Beachy Head (http://www.sdcg.org.uk/SMP1-main.html


Each subcell is then further divided into ‘management units’:

‘A management unit is a length of shoreline with coherent characteristics in terms both of natural coastal processes and land use’ (MAFF, 1995).

http://www.sdcg.org.uk/SMP1-MUD.html


Current status 2008 onwards
Current status – 2008 onwards units’:

The Environment Agency’s Strategic Overview includes the intention to strengthen the vote of Coastal Groups by establishing:-

Fewer, bigger and more strategic groups.

A review of Coastal Group boundaries having regard to River Basin Management Plans and sediment cells.

Clear and consistent terms of reference and membership.

Coastal Groups influencing the annual programme of works via the Regional Flood Defence Committees (RFDCs).

Consistent and strong Environment Agency input.


Currently 7 coastal groups
Currently 7 Coastal Groups units’:

http://www.southerncoastalgroup.org.uk/coastalgroups.htm


Strategic coastal monitoring
Strategic coastal monitoring units’:

  • In England the strategic regional coastal monitoring programme commenced in August 2002; an initiative involving 31 Local Authority and Environment Agency partners in south-east England (1000 km).

  • The programme, which is grant-aided by Defra, has now extended across England with the aim of providing a consistent, repeatable and cost effective method of monitoring the coast to inform coastal risk management:

    - strategic shoreline management plans,

    - coastal defence strategies

    - operational management of coastal protection and flood defence.

  • In December 2008 a project board for the national monitoring programme was established to develop and implement the programme from 2011 onwards.


Scales of monitoring
Scales of monitoring units’:

10


* Baseline topographic surveys of the whole region units’:* Baseline hydrographic surveys of the whole region, * GPS control network * Annual 1:5000 aerial surveys and photogrammetric profiling * Production of digital orthophotos in years one and five * LIDAR surveys of cliffed, estuarine and inaccessible beach coastlines* Regular (annual or biannual) beach profile surveys* Spot height surveys and digital terrain models at beach management plan sites* Post storm surveys at selected sites* Annual bathymetric profile surveys at selected hold the line sites* Low level aerial surveys at selected sites * Met-office offshore hindcast wave data at 15 sites and wave transformation of offshore time-series to 35 nearshore sites* Wave time series of Hs and Tz from 8 existing and new nearshore wave recorders* Tidal time series from 16 local tide gauges and five "class A" stations


The new national network will run 2011-2015 and will provide the following data:

a. Bathymetric surveys

b. Topographic surveys

c. Aerial surveys

d. Lidar surveys

e. Ecological mapping

f. Hydrodynamic data collection

g. Analytical services


The Channel Coastal Observatory (CCO) is the data management and regional coordination centre for the Southeast Regional Coastal Monitoring Programme.

http://www.channelcoast.org/


Strategic Regional Coastal Monitoring Programme and regional coordination centre for the Southeast Regional Coastal Monitoring Programme.

in England

Coastal groups and shoreline management plans

Data requirements and strategic monitoring

National strategic regional coastal monitoring programme

Data management centre


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