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Research project

Geospatial data for NBS in Studland Bay

Project overview

This FELS Geospatial demonstrator project seeks to build new partnership with the Dorset Coastal Forum, facilitating knowledge exchange and supplementing their baseline data with state-of-the-art geospatial data/ measurements needed to inform nature-based solutions (NBS) for coastal protection and habitat conservation in Studland Bay Marine Conservation Zone.


Lead researcher

Doctor Hachem Kassem


Research interests

  • Nearshore hydrodynamics and coastal sediment dynamics
  • Coastal and ocean engineering and flow-structure-seabed-biota interactions

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Other researchers

Professor Blair Thornton

Professor of Marine Autonomy

Research interests

  • Autonomous robotic platforms allow detailed observations to be made over large areas in the ocean. For these systems to be useful, it is necessary to develop advanced sensing capabilities and methods to allow the robots to safely navigate and accurately localize themselves in complex, GPS denied environments. Once observations have been made, it’s necessary to interpret the large volumes of data that are gathered in an efficient and scalable way. For more information on research activities, please visit the ocean perception research website.
  • Seafloor 3D visual reconstruction: Development of deep-sea imaging hardware and processing pipelines for calibration, localisation and 3D mapping of the seafloor with full-field uncertainty characterisation.

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Doctor Julian Leyland

Associate Professor

Research interests

  • Fluvial and Intertidal Geomorphology
  • Remote Environmental Sensing

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Doctor Charlie Thompson


Research interests

  • Coastal Monitoring
  • Coastal Processes

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Collaborating research institutes, centres and groups

Research outputs

Takaki Yamada,
Bronwyn Walker-Rouse,
Kenneth Collins,
Julian Leyland,
& Blair Thornton
, 2023
Type: conference
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