Cambridge Coastal Research Unit (CCRU), Cambridge » Research skip to primary navigation skip to content

CCRU logoCambridge Coastal Research Unit (CCRU)

Providing highest quality scientific research to underpin sustainable coastal management


Research interests

Research interests

The CCRU carries out fundamental research on coastal, estuarine and nearshore processes, landforms and ecosystems; environmental monitoring in the coastal zone; and research consultancies for both governmental and non-governmental agencies. In addition, it offers scientifically-informed advice on the sustainable management of coasts and coastal ecosystems.

Current and future research projects include:

Temperate environments

  • Large scale (> 1km), long-term (> 1yr) coastal evolution
  • Waves and tides in UK East Coast Estuaries
  • Numerical and physical scale modelling of coastal hydrodynamic processes
  • Application of remote sensing to the study of sedimentation and vegetation in the coastal zone
  • Wave/tide - sediment - vegetation interrelationships in the intertidal zone
  • Wave energy dissipation over intertidal surfaces
  • Monitoring of foreshore recharge and salt marsh creation schemes
  • Nutrient fluxes in tidal ecosystems
  • Coastal settlements and flooding risk, UK East Coast

Tropical environments

  • Global biodiversity in coral reefs, mangrove and seagrass ecosystems
  • Large-scale space-time dynamics of coral bleaching in the western Indian Ocean
  • Records of sea level change from Central Pacific and Indian Ocean corals
  • Coral reef dynamics and environmental change on Cuban coral reefs
  • Biogeomorphology of tropical coasts
  • Fish population dynamics on coral reefs in the Seychelles