Southwest Regional Coastal Monitoring Programme

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Welcome to the website of the Southwest Regional Coastal Monitoring Programme. The Programme provides a consistent regional approach to coastal process monitoring, providing information of the development of strategic shoreline management plans, coastal defence strategies and operational management of coastal protection and flood defence.

The Programme is managed on behalf of the Coastal Groups, in partnership with the maritime Local Authorities and the Environment Agency. The Programme is funded by Defra, with Teignbridge District Council acting as the lead authority. For further information:

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Programme Background


Data collection is co-ordinated at the Plymouth Coastal Observatory, on behalf of the Programme partners.

Learn more about the Plymouth Coastal Observatory

Meet the team at the Plymouth Coastal Observatory

Project Management Team

A team has been set up to oversee the day-to-day management of the Regional Monitoring Programme, and to implement the proposals of the Project Board.

John Cocker Principal Representative of Lead Partner, Teignbridge District Council
Philip Rees Chair of South West Coastal Group
John Buttivant Chair of Severn Estuary Coastal Group
Ben Johnstone Principal Representatives of the Environment Agency
Rachael Hill EA National Team
Dave Jenkins Chair of Wessex Regional Flood and Coastal Committee
Project Team Members
Joseff SaundersCoastal Process Team Leader, Plymouth Coastal Observatory
Ruth AdamsProgramme Manager
John ButtivantEnvironment Agency Coastal Engineer
Martin DaviesEnvironment Agency Coastal Engineer
Neil WatsonEnvironment Agency Coastal Engineer
Chris HayesEnvironment Agency Coastal Advisor
Dave PicksleyEnvironment Agency Coastal Advisor
Justin RidgewellEnvironment Agency Coastal Advisor
Charlie ThompsonChannel Coastal Observatory
Graeme SmithChair of South Devon and Dorset Coastal Advisory Group
Dave WatkinsChair of Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Coastal Advisory Group
Chris WillsonChair of North Devon and Somerset Coastal Advisory Group
John ButtivantChair of Severn Estuary Coastal Group
Also by invite
Julian Pearce Isles of Scilly Council Senior Officer: Physical Assets and Natural Resources

Data Management Team

The team at the Plymouth Coastal Observatory manage all the data collected by the Programme, including topographic and bathymetric survey data, LiDAR, aerial photography and ecological mapping. The team also provides analysis of the data and reports for the maritime Local Authority partners.

Data are fully quality-controlled by the Plymouth Coastal Observatory before being archived and uploaded to the website's Data Catalogue and Map Viewer, where they are freely available to interested parties.

the Plymouth Coastal Observatory team are:

Emerald SiggeryTeam Leader (Maternity Leave)
Joseff SaundersTeam Leader and South Cornwall
Josie-Alice KirbyCoastal Process Scientist - South Devon and Dorset
Joshua WebbornCoastal Process Scientist - South Devon
Isabel KellyCoastal Process Scientist - North Cornwall and Isles of Scilly
Tom DarleyCoastal Process Scientist - GIS Lead
Miranda SoskinCoastal Process Scientist

Enquiries for the PCO team can be sent to:


The following organisations are the Southwest Strategic Regional Coastal Monitoring Programme's partners.

Stroud District Council
 Somerset West and Taunton
Bristol Council
Cornwall Council

Dorset Council
East Devon
Environment Agency
Forest of Dean

Scilly Council
north devon Council
North Sommerset Council
Plymoth City Council

Sedgemoor District Council
South Hams
south gloucestershire council
xTeignbridge District councilxx

Torbay Council
torridge council
Devon county council

To report a missing or damaged Waverider buoy, please phone Fugro GB Marine Limited on: 07810 697357

If you would like further information about the Southwest Regional Coastal Monitoring Programme, please use the contact details provided or use our contact form to directly message the Plymouth Coastal Observatory.

Plymouth Coastal Observatory
University of Plymouth
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Fax: +44 (0)1752 233529

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