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Nicholas Dodd

Professor of Coastal Dynamics, Faculty of Engineering

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My research encompasses a broad range of topics that mostly span, but are not limited to, nearshore physical oceanography, and coastal dynamics and engineering. A central interest is morphodynamics,… read more

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My research encompasses a broad range of topics that mostly span, but are not limited to, nearshore physical oceanography, and coastal dynamics and engineering. A central interest is morphodynamics, namely the dynamics of a fluid interacting with an erodible surface, and in particular morphodynamics of the coastal environment, typically described by a shallow water description of the hydrodynamics. Beach and, in particular, shoreface nourishment is an area of interest within the broad heading of morphodynamics that is of particular interest to coastal engineers. This is a useful technique for combating coastal erosion, wherein the aim is to place large amounts of sand either on the beach or a little way offshore, in order to replenish a beach, or, even better, by doing so to alter the long-term balance in favour of less erosion. At present much of my research is focussed on swash morphodynamics. The swash is that region of the beach in which waves repeatedly run-up and down the beach, thus covering and uncovering the sand. In this region the flow is energetic and of high Froude number, and this has profound implications for the morphodynamics there.

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