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Mr Sebastian J Pitman BSc, MRes

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Mr Sebastian Pitman is a postgraduate researcher studying the formation and persistence of hazardous rip currents.

Seb completed a Bachelor of Science in Geography with Ocean Science, before completing a Masters of Research in Applied Marine Science, both with Plymouth University. Upon completion of his MRes, Seb took up a position here in Southampton to commence his PhD.

His research is primarily concerned with the study of rip currents. In particular, the use of video imagery as a remote sensing method for rip channel detection. The research has involved planning and conducting two periods of field work, whereby the research team deployed buoyant GPS drifters directly into the rip currents to track their flow regime.

2013: MRes Applied Marine Science (awaiting confirmation), University of Plymouth

2012: BSc (Hons) Geography w/ Ocean Science, University of Plymouth

Research into Coastal Processes, with a focus on storm responses and remotely sensing swash processes.



Research interests

Seb is interested in coastal processes, with a particular focus on the morphodynamics of barriers and beaches.

Research project: The formation, persistence and spacing of rip channels in different coastal environments.

This project is concerned with developing an automated algorithm to identify rip currents. It will be used to create a comprehensively remotely sensed database of rip currents derived from video images. Ultimately, the method will be validated against in-situ measurement.


Shari Gallop
Ivan Haigh

Research group

Geology and Geophysics

Affiliate research group

Coastal Processes Research Group

Research project(s)

Rips and risk: An investigation of the hazard signature

Mr Sebastian J Pitman
Student Office, Room 166/09 University of Southampton Waterfront Campus National Oceanography Centre European Way Southampton SO14 3ZH

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