Sediment movements in the southern North Sea influence the eastern English
coastline by supplying or removing beach material. It is important
to understand these movements thoroughly so as to improve the
data on which Shoreline Management Plans (SMPs) and the assessment
of dredging licence applications are based.
The first step in
such a process is to identify sediment sources and volumes,
transport pathways and areas of deposition. Data can then be
used to update current SMPs, as well as allowing a more informed
assessment to be made of the influence of offshore dredging
around the eastern coast of England. With a fuller understanding
of sediment movements and processes it should become easier
to manage beaches and coastal defences, the coastline, and sediment
resources offshore in an informed fashion.