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13th UK Young Coastal Scientists and Engineers Conference (YCSEC)



Tuesday 11 and Wednesday 12 April 2017


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Chancellor's Building, Room 2.6, University of Bath, Bath, BA2 7AY, UK (location and maps)


You are warmly invited to attend the 13th UK Young Coastal Scientists and Engineers Conference (YCSEC). The conference is organised and hosted by the Water Innovation & Research Centre at the University of Bath. It will take place at the University's campus on Tuesday 11 and Wednesday 12 April 2017.

The conference is aimed at early career scientists and engineers concerned with any aspect of physical coastal science or engineering. These include post-graduate students and post-doctoral researchers in universities.

We also encourage junior engineers, scientists and researchers in private companies and government agencies to attend.

Further information

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You can register for the event now at a rate of £95.

When you register, you will also have the opportunity to book on-campus accommodation if required. There are a range of alternative accommodation options available in Bath; however, the city is a popular tourist destination so you should make sure that you book your accomodation early.

Key Dates

  • Call for abstracts open: 11th November, 2016
  • Registration Open: January 2017
  • Deadline for abstract submission: 10th January, 2017
  • Notification of acceptance: 10th February, 2017
  • Conference: 11th-12th April, 2017

Presentation and Poster Instructions

Oral presentations have been allocated 15 minutes including time for questions. Please prepare a presentation of 10-11 minutes in length

Posters should be A1 in size (594mm x 841mm), and can be either portrait or landscape layout. We do not provide a poster template.


Research on coastal physical processes in the UK occurs under various disciplinary labels, including oceanography, geography, geology and engineering. This results in a fragmented coastal research community with limited interaction and collaboration between different disciplines. The lack of integration is felt most by young coastal researchers (post-docs and PhDs), who should be open to multi- and interdisciplinary interaction. To assist with developing an integrated UK coastal research community, the first Young Coastal Scientists and Engineers Conference (YCSEC) was held in Nottingham in 2005. It is now an annual event travelling the UK and has been replicated in North America.

Building on the success of previous conferences, the 13th YCSEC brings together young researchers and practitioners from different disciplines all concerned with physical coastal processes. Young researchers have the opportunity to discuss and present their work, orally or by poster in an informal setting, with prizes awarded for the best presentation and poster. This year's keynote lecture will be given by Prof Ad Reniers from Delft University of Technology.

Who should attend?

The conference is aimed at young scientists and engineers concerned with any aspect of physical coastal science or engineering. These include post-graduate students and post-doctoral researchers in universities.

We also encourage junior engineers, scientists and researchers in private companies and government agencies to attend.

About WIRC

The Water Innovation and Research Centre: WIRC@Bath provides a unique environment to engage globally in collaborative research on water science, engineering, policy and resource management.

WIRC@Bath brings virtually all of the water related research at the University of Bath under one umbrella, and can provide expertise and knowledge to deliver multi-disciplinary solutions to future water challenges. WIRC@Bath was founded as a collaboration with Wessex Water, and is now looking to broaden and develop relationships with other partners.

The programme for the conference is as follows. Abstracts can be downloaded:

Tuesday 11th April 2017

Time   Location
10:00 Registration and Poster Preparation CB2 Foyer
10:45 Welcome and housekeeping
Dr Chris Blenkinsopp
CB 2.6
11:00 Keynote Lecture
Professor Ad Reniers
CB 2.6
11:45 Session 1 (Chair: Nick Dodd) CB 2.6
11:45 Williams, D Observations and modelling of a meteotsunami across the English Channel on 23 June 2016 A01
12:00 de Vet, MGW Physical modelling of tsunami inundation flow through a failed coastal defence A02
12:15 Bonar, PAJ Tidal stream power for Malaysia A03
12:30 Li, X Three-dimensional numerical modelling of tidal turbines for large scale impact assessment A04
12:45 Poster introductions (Chair: Alistair Borthwick) CB 2.6
12:45 A28 to A35 (1 min each)  
  A36 to A44 (1 min each  
13:15 Lunch / Posters CB2 Foyer
14:15 Session 2 (Chair: Daniel Conley) CB 2.6
14:15 Van Huynh Morphodynamical modelling using coordinate transformation method A05
14:30 Martins, K Wave transformation in the surf zone A06
14:45 Judge, F 2DH Modelling of Waves at the Coast A07
15:00 Gomes, E Non-hydrostatic modelling of nearshore wave transformation and breaking over varying beach morphology A08
15:15 Wilson, J Satellite Derived Bathymetry A09
15:30 Chirol, C Morphological evolution of creek networks in managed realignment schemes A10
15:45 Coffee / Posters CB2 Foyer
16:15 Session 3 (Chair: Robert Nicholls) CB 2.6
16:15 Bergsma, E Video-based bathymetries in a highly energetic macro-tidal environment: storm impact winter 2013-2014 A11
16:30 Eichentopf, S Analysis of sandbar evolution under erosive and accretive wave conditions based on large-scale morphodynamic data A12
16:45 Chen, W An idealised study of nonlinear evolution of crescentic bars A13
17:00 Hall, N Standards for modelling and forecasting flooding on open coasts A14
17:15 Khatrush, A Dynamic Flood Modelling of Dyfi Estuary A15
19:00 Conference Dinner (Arrive before 19:30) Tramshed

CB2 Foyer – Main foyer, Level 2 Chancellor's Building; CB 2.6 - Chancellor's Building 2.6

Wednesday 12th April 2017

Time Activity Location
8.45 Introduction to Day 2 (Chris Blenkinsopp) CB 2.6
9:00 Session 4 (Chair: Richard Simons) CB 2.6
9:00 Mueller, A Active Wave Attenuation by a Submerged Heaving and Pitching Plate A16
9:15 Mitchell, J Analysing scour interaction between submarine pipelines, valve stations and mechanical protection structures A17
9:30 al-Hammadi, M Effects of Cyclic Loading on Scour and Scour Protection around Offshore Wind Turbine A18
9:45 Tavouktsoglou, N Amplification of the bed shear stress around Gravity Based Foundations A19
10:00 Cozzuto, G CFD modelling of coastal engineering applications using Proteus toolkit A20
10:15 Wise, A Ocean to coast: sea surface height along the east coast of North America A21
10.30 Coffee / Posters CB2 Foyer
11.00 Session 5 (Chair: Jenny Brown) CB 2.6
11:00 López-Dóriga, U The impact of SLR on the recreational use of Catalan beaches A22
11:15 Armstrong, S The U.S. Atlantic Coast is eroding – isn't it? A23
11:30 Adam, E UK port vulnerability and responses to extreme weather events A24
11:45 Souza, R Numerical modelling of the fate and transport of faecal bacteria in shellfish production areas in Florianópolis Bays (Brazil)  A25
12:00 Welch, A Humans and deltas: Conceptualising coevolution   A26
12:15 Hawker, L An intermediate scale flood inundation model of the Mekong Delta  A27
12:30 Group Photo / Collect Packed Lunch CB2 Foyer
12:45 Prize Awards CB2 Foyer
14:00 Tour of Bath (Meet at Bath Abbey)  

Chris Blenkinsopp


Chris Blenkinsopp

Senior Lecturer in Civil Engineering Hydraulics, Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering





Jun Zang

Reader in Civil Engineering Hydraulics, Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering



Paul Bayle


Paul Bayle

PhD student in Coastal Engineering



John Hart

John Hart

PhD student in Coastal Engineering




The conference will be held at the University of Bath main campus, located at the southeast edge of the historic city of Bath. Bath is known internationally for its 18th century Georgian architecture and natural hot springs. In 1987 the city was inscribed as a World Heritage Site, designated by UNESCO in order to preserve its natural and cultural heritage. There are thriving culture and shopping opportunities, outstanding architectural sights and the ability to escape to one of the many green spaces around and just outside the city.


The University of Bath is located at the southeast edge of Bath. Regular bus services (U1 and U18) link the city centre and the University. There are other travel methods.


We are pleased to offer attendees accommodation on campus in the newly refurbished Eastwood accommodation at a reduced rate of £35/night which can be booked with your registration.

Alternatively there is a wide range of accommodation available in the City. Visit Bath has a good selection of hotels and guest houses. Due to the popularity of Bath as a tourist destination, in particular close to Easter, we advise you to book early.