Offshore reefs along the Norfolk coast at Sea Palling
Offshore reefs along the Norfolk coast at Sea Palling ©

12 September 2006

BODC will be undertaking the data management of the Liverpool - East Anglia Coastal Study 2 (LEACOAST2).

Adam Leadbetter is the BODC coordinator for this project. He will work closely with the LEACOAST2 scientists and will be responsible for the quality control, integration and long-term stewardship of data gathered during the study.

LEACOAST2 is a £1.1 million, three year, programme funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), which will build on the previous LEACOAST study. It brings together oceanographers, modellers and engineers from the University of Liverpool, the University of East Anglia (UEA), the University of Plymouth and the former Proudman Oceanographic Laboratory (POL), which now forms part of the National Oceanography Centre (NOC).

The aim of LEACOAST was to improve the understanding of interactive coastal processes and morphology changes produced by the construction of shore-parallel breakwaters in UK tidal conditions. With a wider aim, focusing on time and space-scales appropriate for shoreline management plans, LEACOAST2 will provide results that are of generic value for the UK coastal environment.

The study will focus on Sea Palling, Norfolk, which is home to the largest scheme of man-made offshore reefs in the UK, built to protect the low-lying coastal area, which suffered serious flood damage in 1953. It will make use of

  • Existing field and model data
  • Newly acquired field data
  • Engineering experience

The results will be incorporated into a parallel project, being undertaken by Halcrow Maritime and HR Wallingford Ltd, which aims to provide enhanced tools to improve the national coastal defense design guidelines. This parallel project is funded by the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (defra) and the Environmental Agency (EA).

For further information, please see our LEACOAST2 data management pages which are now available.