UAV Flight over Slapton Sands for Photogrammetry
The Coastal Processes Research Group (CPRG) is an internationally recognised group of researchers, specialising in field studies and numerical modelling of coastal processes. We aim to be a leading contributor to the international research community seeking to understand and predict the behaviour of coastal and estuarine systems in support of appropriate management of coastal resources and activities.

Our links

The group has links with researchers from a number of different research groups and centres. We also work extensively with researchers in Europe and elsewhere.

Research opportunities

  • Beach morphodynamics and nearshore sediment transport
  • Coastal erosion and storm impacts
  • Video monitoring of coastal systems
  • Coastal process modelling
  • Estuarine processes and evolution

United Kingdom Coastal Research Conference | 4–6 July 2023

CPRG in partnership with the Network of Regional Coastal Monitoring Programmes are pleased to announce the first UK Coastal Research Conference, held in July 2023 in Plymouth.
This conference showcased and celebrated the coastal research being undertaken within the UK. Principally focused on UK academics, organisations and institutions working on UK coastal science, we also welcomed research using overseas case studies that are of relevance to the UK. The conference highlighted the current state of knowledge and the research that is being undertaken to address coastal issues.
Crantock Beach, Cornwall

Latest news

The island of Dhigelabadhoo in the Maldives is the main field site of the ARISE programme (Credit: University of Plymouth)
Scientists provide first detailed estimates of how much sediment is supplied to coral islands from the reef system

New research builds on studies suggesting the islands – found mostly in the Pacific and Indian Oceans – could survive predicted rises in sea levels

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Fieldwork in the Maldives

A recent trip by the University of Plymouth Coastal Processes Research Group to the Maldives. The aim was to undertake fieldwork to inform ongoing modelling of future sea-level rise impacts on these islands. This is a short video looking at the work we did and the data collected.

Where did the sand go?

In 2013–14 some of the most energetic series of storms ever hit our coastline. 

Many beaches across the South West of England have still not fully recovered from the erosion. But where did the sand go?

Watch our animation to find out.

Coastal Processes Research Group: contact us

School of Biological and Marine Sciences, University of Plymouth, Drake Circus, Plymouth, PL4 8AA, United Kingdom

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