Buildings or structures placed near, or in, the sea are at risk from the movement of sediment. Eroding coastlines threaten property, transport links and infrastructure. Newly dredged harbours or channels can fill in with fresh sediment, reducing their use. Sandbanks and other bedforms move, affecting pipelines, cables and foundations. Structures in the marine environment accelerate the water leading to scour.
HR Wallingford has world leading expertise and experience in the complex problems of sediment transport in estuaries, open coastlines and the continental shelf. We can help you assess your risks and come up with innovative solutions to maintain the resilience of your assets.
We offer a full range of studies, from advice on morphological change through to the application of appropriate numerical and physical modelling approaches. We provide solutions for coastal erosion, sedimentation and scour, sediment management, beach design and beach management. We have been innovators in the field of working with natural processes and the use of natural and nature-based features in coastal and estuarine management.