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Issue 30 - April 2015
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Seaton, Cornwall. November 2014
As usual,  since the last newsletter the team at PCO have been very busy. The annual survey reports for 2014 have all been completed as well as a report which uses LiDAR to calculate changes in the intertidal area in the Severn Estuary. All the reports are available to download from our website or by clicking here

The team have been holding workshops for groups such as Natural England and the Fleet Study Group. The workshops give an overview of our Programme, how to access our data and how to use our data in a GIS system. If you are interested in one of the team visiting your organisation to carry out a similar workshop please get in touch.


 
We are in the middle of doing some maintenance to our GPS control point network, adding and re-surveying  a number of points. So far we've visited Bigbury-on-Sea, Wembury, West Bay, Talland Bay and Torcross. Keep an eye out for us around the coast as we continue renewing the network over the summer.
 
If you're interested in the location of any of our points (there are over 190 of them at the last count!) witness diagrams are available from our website.
The PCO survey team successfully finished all the spring interim topographic beach surveys in their survey area (From Salcombe in Devon to Talland Bay in Cornwall) on time and data is now available to download from our website. The team have also been commissioned to carry out monthly beach surveys, external to the Programme, at West Bay in Dorset. Please contact PCO if you would like to discuss commissioning survey work not covered by the Programme.
We are always interested in hearing your views and feedback on the Programme, but it's especially important as we move forward and look towards Phase III.

Please spare a few minutes to fill out our questionnaire and give us your opinion so we can continue to deliver a relevant and cost-effective Programme.

 
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The Programme's second round of coastal habitat mapping has begun. We are using our 10cm resolution aerial photography to map the coastal habitats within the Programme's entire remit. The coast has been split into a number of work packages which should be completed by the autumn.  You can see the data from the first round of habitat mapping here.
An example of the Programme's first round of habitat mapping in Start Bay, Devon.
Have you seen our Instagram page? It's full of photos taken by the PCO Team on their travels around the South West Coast. Here are a few of the most recent pictures...
Click here to see more of our photos on Instagram...
Spring interim topographic surveys have all been completed and submitted. The majority are already available to download from the website; the rest will be available once they have been signed off by PCO. Repeat baseline surveys are already underway and on track to be completed by the end of the summer.
 
Conditions caused by strong easterly winds in April led to a lowering of the beach in front of the sea defences at Dawlish Warren. A post-storm survey was called at the request of local authority engineers and, as always, the data will be available from our  website once it has has been quality checked and accepted by PCO.
PCO have been working with East Devon District Council, collecting data and conducting analysis for the recent beach works and accompanying beach management plan at Sidmouth. In March aerial images of the cliffs at Sidmouth were collected using a UAV. The images, commisioned by PCO, are available from the website.

Combined with the previous three sets of aerial photography collected by PCO, the images can be used to show the rapid recession of the cliff at Pennington Point. 
Sidmouth Cliff Recession 2007-2015
Cliff recession at Pennington Point, Sidmouth between 2007 and 2015
Spring interim topographic surveys were completed and submitted on time and have been sent for upload to the website. The summer's repeat baseline surveys are also well underway with data already being delivered to PCO.
We have commissioned a bathymetric LiDAR survey of the Isles of Scilly, to be carried out this summer. The data will cover the Islands and the seabed in between seamlessly, giving us a complete picture of the area. 
The swath bathymetry survey of the area between Rame Head and Menabilly in southern Cornwall, commissioned by PCO last year, is also due for completion by the end of August.

As with all of our data, both the swath bathymetry and bathymetric LiDAR will be available from our website in due course.
Spring interim surveys were completed on time and are available to download from our website. Repeat baseline surveys are on track to be completed by the end of the summer. 
The Minehead wave buoy came adrift at the beginning of March. The buoy was swiftly recovered and redeployed as soon as sea conditions were suitable. Real time data from all our wave buoys and tide gauges can be accessed here.
If you have any queries about the South West Regional Coastal Monitoring Programme or would like any further information please contact the Plymouth Coastal Observatory:
 
The Plymouth Coastal Observatory Team are:
Emerald Siggery - Team leader and point of contact for general enquiries and technical queries in North Devon, Somerset and the Severn Estuary
Mark Wiggins - Point of contact for general enquiries and technical queries in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly
Josie-Alice Kirby - Point of contact for general enquiries and technical queries in South Devon and Dorset
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