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Nature-based solutions for protecting high energy coastlines

Event organised by ICE

23 November 2023
18:00 - 19:30 GMT
University of Bath
Chancellors Building CB3.1
Claverton Down
Bath, BA2 7AY
United Kingdom

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Dynamic Cobble Berm Revetments are a nature-based coastal protection method which consist of a small ridge of cobbles installed at or above the high tide shoreline on a sand beach. They are designed to artificially mimic naturally occurring composite beaches which are common in many countries including the UK, USA, Ireland and New Zealand.

At present only a handful of small-scale revetments have been constructed and existing knowledge of their natural analogue, composite beaches is minimal. This talk will discuss a series of recent field and large-scale laboratory experiments designed to provide the first detailed information into the behaviour and coastal protection performance of dynamic cobble berm revetments. These experiments have enabled insight into a range of topics: wave runup and overtopping, response to rising water levels and storm waves, evolution of the underlying sand beach and construction methods.

This in-person session is hosted by the ICE Early Careers Network Bristol and Bath and is open to anyone who would like to know more about innovations in coastal engineering. Refreshments will be provided, as well as an opportunity to network and ask Dr Chris Blenkinsopp any questions about his work and professional journey.


Chris Blenkinsopp

Chris Blenkinsopp

University of Bath

Senior Lecturer

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Chris Blenkinsopp

Dr Chris Blenkinsopp is a senior lecturer in Coastal and Water Engineering in the Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering at the University of Bath.

Chris graduated with an MEng in civil engineering from the University of Nottingham in 2001 after which he worked in New Zealand and the UK as a coastal engineering consultant.

Chris completed a PhD examining air entrainment and energy dissipation in breaking waves at the University of Southampton, graduating in 2007.

Following his PhD, he took up a postdoctoral position at the University of New South Wales (UNSW), Water Research Laboratory working on the field investigation of sediment transport in the swash zone of sand and gravel beaches. Chris was appointed as an associate lecturer in Environmental Fluid Mechanics at UNSW in January 2009 and was appointed as a lecturer in July 2011.

Chris has been at Bath since 2013 and has been pursuing research interests in remote sensing of nearshore waves and morphology change, swash zone processes and beach recovery funded by bodies including the EU, Australian Research Council and EPSRC. Chris’s primary research currently focusses on composite sand-gravel beaches and applying that knowledge to develop sustainable coastal protection.

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Yasemin Gurbuz