Coastal Engineering – Oliver Billson

Improved development and implementation of sediment-based solutions to coastal erosion and flood risk will reduce reliance on traditional concrete and steel engineered structures which will have significant environmental benefits in terms of carbon emissions and energy use. This project is investigating and developing an effective method for sensor deployment, including cross-shore arrays of buried pressure transducers and remote measurements to characterise shallow water wave modification, breaking, run-up and overwashing/overtopping during storms, and to quantify consequential changes in beach morphology. The objective is to develop and optimize storm survey technologies to better understand coastal response to extreme events, enables a move away from emergency, CO2-intensive sea defences.