This course introduces the approaches used to calculate extreme coastal conditions, including sea levels, surges, nearshore waves, and their joint (or multivariate) probability of occurrence. The course provides further knowledge of wave overtopping, including theory, analytical calculations, numerical modelling and physical modelling. It will introduce the best practice guidance from the EurOtop manual (and updates) that are used when performing wave overtopping and coastal flood risk assessments, including design criteria, tolerable thresholds, and calculation approaches. It includes several hands-on tutorials and a physical wave overtopping demonstration using the JBA Trust demonstration wave tank.
This course is aimed at a technical audience or those wishing to increase their knowledge on coastal extremes and wave overtopping.
It is applicable for engineers and scientists undertaking coastal flood risk assessments, coastal processes assessments or hazard studies. Equally, those reviewing submitted studies or reports, developing planning studies or having exposure to coastal extremes would benefit from the course
By the end of this course you will have an understanding of the different coastal processes, coastal extremes and how
they can interact. You will have the ability to perform simple overtopping assessments to check calculations, or undertake more detailed calculations using the EurOtop Neural Network.
You will have an understanding of the uncertainty involved in wave overtopping calculations, having observed the processes through a physical wave tank. This knowledge will also support further courses in coastal design, asset management, modelling and calculation of extremes.
Alexander Dane BSc MSc
Alec has been extensively involved in the analysis of coastal flood and erosion risk assessments, aiding in the production of MTPs and PARs to apply for funding for sea defence improvements. He has significant experience in producing sediment budgets, writing a number of papers on the subject. He is also one of the lecturers on the Lancaster University and JBA PgCert course on coastal erosion and flood risk management.
Fay Luxford BSc MSc
Fay is a senior coastal flood analyst working with, and is the Team Leader of, JBA Coastal Modelling. She has in-depth knowledge of the mathematical theory behind numerical models of waves and free surface flows and has worked across government, private and academic sectors delivering wave modelling, flood inundation and sediment transport studies. Fay has applied the theoretical statistical knowledge from her mathematics degree to perform statistical assessments of extreme values including using the Heffernan and Tawn multi-variate technique to estimate extreme water levels, waves and winds. She has experience of modelling shallow water wave transformations using the SWAN and TOMAWAC wave models for multiple projects around the UK and has experience of developing bespoke forecasting systems. Fay is also a lecturer on the Lancaster University JBA PgCert course.