North East Coastal Observatory

The programme covers the coastline from the Scottish Border to Flamborough Head and commenced in its present guise in September 2008. It is presently designed to run until 2021.

The programme is managed on behalf of the North East Coastal Group and is funded by the Environment Agency, working in partnership with the maritime Local Authorities and other relevant bodies. The programme forms part of the national monitoring programme where data collected is archived and managed by coastal experts at the Channel Coastal Observatory in Southampton (all data collected can be obtained freely and easily through the Channel Coastal Observatory website).

For a summary paper describing the programme click here.

This website collates all survey data that is being collected by the North East Coastal Observatory, such as:

  • beach profiles
  • topographic surveys
  • cliff top recession surveys
  • bathymetric and sea bed characterisation surveys
  • wave data
  • aerial photographs
  • LiDAR data

Analysis of the data collected builds our understanding of coastal processes and underpins our coastal management decisions, as well as being of use when it comes to coastal protection scheme design.

This website also contains the following reports:

  • coastal defence inspections
  • analytical reports
  • overview reports
  • local coastal monitoring reports
  • Strategy and SMP reports

The website can be accessed using the below link:


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