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The University of Southampton
Geography and Environmental Science

Research project: Channel Coastal Observatory (the National Network of Regional Coastal Monitoring Programmes)

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The Channel Coastal Observatory (CCO) is the National Network of Regional Coastal Monitoring Programmes of England. 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 and is funded by DEFRA, in partnership with the maritime Local Authorities and the Environment Agency.

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The GeoData team have developed, managed, hosted and supported the CCO Data Management Programme, since its inception in 2001, supporting all aspects of the project. Our infrastructure has supported millions of hits per month, without any unplanned downtime, and delivered the website, metadata catalogue and map viewer, real time data management and visualisation, through its growth to a many-terabyte database with hundreds of thousands of data and metadata records compliant and validated to FGDC and ISO standards. All infrastructure has been built using open source tools and based on open industry standards.

Start date: 2001
End date: 2027

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