A Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) between Marlan Maritime Technologies Ltd, the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) and the University of Liverpool has achieved an ‘Outstanding’ grade by funding body Innovate UK.
The two-year KTP collaboration involved the NOC’s Dr Paul Bell and KTP Associate Dr Cai Bird working closely with Marlan to develop software and techniques which improve remotely sensed hydrographic data services to the coastal engineering industry. These services enable more cost-effective monitoring, leading to a deeper understanding of the coastal processes and informing better design and building of coastal protection schemes.
Through the use of shore-based remote sensing platforms, usually a standard navigational radar, Marlan collect data to visualise the location of the ‘waterline’ between wet and dry regions. The rise and fall of the tide, along with the movement of the waterline is then used to create a three-dimensional (3D) map of the coastline covered by the tidal ebb and flow. These intertidal areas are particularly difficult to monitor with traditional survey methods and are extremely dynamic in nature. Marlan’s technique, now offered as a data service called Synoptic allows the user to easily visualise erosion and accretion (see papers in Coastal Engineering and Geomorphology).
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