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Currents and Suspended Particulate Material (SPM) Measurements at Holderness,1993-1996

Data holding centreProudman Oceanographic Laboratory
CountryUnited Kingdom  United Kingdom
Time periodNov-Dec 1993 Oct 1994 - Feb 1995 Oct 1995 - Jan 1996
Geographical area

Holderness, east coast of England


Sea level; Dissolved oxygen parameters in the water column; Vertical velocity of the water column (currents); Salinity of the water column; Horizontal velocity of the water column (currents); Temperature of the water column; Concentration of suspended particulate material in the water column; Spectral wave data parameters; Wave height and period statistics; Alkalinity, acidity and pH of the water column; Transport in the water column


Wave recorders; sea level recorders; current meters; optical backscatter sensors; particulates samplers; salinity sensor; pH sensors; current profilers; dissolved gas sensors


The Holderness coastline, some 30km of 20m high boulder clay cliffs is retreating at an average of 1.7m per year. The resulting yearly supply of one million cubic metres of sediment to the North Sea represents the largest single coastline source. The Holderness experiment monitored this transport of sediments away from Holderness over the period October 1994 to January 1995 and measured directly the component contributions to erosion, suspension and transport. This observational programme is now being used to develop algorithms and test simulations in the subsequent model development phase. Using detailed meteorological data available since 1960, simulated time sequences of coastal erosion and deposition will be compared with observational data on coastal retreat and accretion. This dataset comprises the measurements made on POL Mooring Platforms (PMP) as part of the Holderness Experiment component of LOIS (RACS).

OriginatorsProudman Oceanographic Laboratory
Data web site
OrganisationProudman Oceanographic Laboratory
ContactThe Director

Proudman Oceanographic Laboratory
Joseph Proudman Building 6 Brownlow Street
L3 5DA
United Kingdom

Telephone+44 151 795 4800
Collating centreBritish Oceanographic Data Centre
Local identifier1054017
Global identifier752
Last revised2009-10-19