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Coastal, Ocean and Sediment Transport Research Group (COAST)


The Coastal, Ocean and Sediment Transport Research Group (COAST) is a leading team of coastal and ocean engineering researchers in the UK. Members of COAST carry out both fundamental and applied research, funded from both European and National sources. The Group contains recognised specialists in field experimentation, instrument design and laboratory modelling, numerical modelling and theoretical analysis. 

Research disciplines include:
  • Marine renewable energy
  • Offshore ocean engineering
  • Coastal and estuarine processes
  • Flood risk and coastal protection
  • Hydrodynamics
  • Coastal Structures
  • Sediment dynamics
  • Morphodynamics
  • Port Engineering
  • Artificial Intelligence applied to Coastal Engineering
COAST is focused firmly on major problems facing society regarding rising sea levels, flood risk, and marine renewable energy which have been highlighted in recent Government reviews. These include the OST’s Foresight Flood and Coastal Defence Project, the Stern Review, DEFRA’s National Appraisal of Assets at Risk (2001) report that estimated that 4 - 5 million people could be affected by flood and coastal erosion, and DEFRA’s National Assessment of Defence Needs and Costs (2004) report that stated that the capital value of assets at risk could be approximately £250 billion, and the Government’s set target of 15% of electricity supply being generated from renewable energy by 2015.
We are always interested in receiving enquiries from industry regarding practical engineering problems and individuals interested in pursuing research as graduate students.
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