Liverpool-East Anglia Coastal Study 2 (LEACOAST2) Data Set (2005 - 2007)

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Data holding centreBritish Oceanographic Data Centre
CountryUnited Kingdom  United Kingdom
Time periodOctober 2005 to April 2007
Geographical area

Beach and nearshore data collected at Sea Palling, Norfolk, United Kingdom.


Sediment resuspension; Vertical velocity of the water column (currents); Sediment grain size parameters; Horizontal velocity of the water column (currents); Wave height and period statistics; Concentration of suspended particulate material in the water column; Sea level; Suspended particulate material grain size parameters; Bathymetry and Elevation


Current meters; underwater cameras; sound velocity sensors; radar altimeters; cameras; sediment traps; sediment grabs; acoustic backscatter sensors; transmissometers; satellite positioning systems; surface current radars; current profilers; sidescan sonars; wave recorders


This dataset comprises field measurements of waves, currents and beach shape collected from the (nine segmented shore-parallel) breakwaters at Sea Palling, Norfolk between October 2005 and April 2007 as part of a 3-year programme funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council. Field data were collected using Global Positioning System (GPS) surveys, acoustic current meters, video systems, radar, and side-scan sonar imaging of bedforms. These data were used to evaluate the effects of the breakwaters on the low-lying, flood-prone coastal sub-cell between Happisburgh and Waxham over two years. The field measurements were used in combination with computer models to monitor the manner in which the sea defences interact with nearby beaches and to provide enhanced tools for improving the design guidelines for coastal defences. The project partners were the School of Environmental Sciences, University of East Anglia; Department of Civil Engineering, University of Liverpool; Coastal Engineering Group, University of Plymouth; Proudman Oceanographic Laboratory; Halcrow Engineering; HR Wallingford Ltd; and the Environment Agency. The data are stored at the British Oceanographic Data Centre (BODC).

OriginatorsEnvironment Agency Head Office
HR Wallingford Group Ltd.
Proudman Oceanographic Laboratory
University of East Anglia, School of Environmental Sciences
University of Plymouth School of Earth, Ocean and Environmental Sciences

LEACOAST2 (2008) Project website:,

Data web site
OrganisationBritish Oceanographic Data Centre
ContactPolly Hadžiabdić (Head of the BODC Requests Team)

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Collating centreBritish Oceanographic Data Centre
Local identifier1048106
Global identifier231
Last revised2017-03-30