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Martin Austin

CAMS Role: Academic Associate

Room: 211 Marine Centre Wales

Telephone: 01248 38 2803



I am a senior lecturer in Coastal Morphodynamics and Sediment Dynamics in the School of Ocean Sciences, and specialise in the morphological evolution of the inter-tidal and shallow sub-tidal regions of the coastal ocean. I graduated from Plymouth University in 2002 with a BSc in Ocean Science and completed my PhD in gravel beach morphodynamics at Loughborough University in 2005. I have subsequently been a Post-doctoral Research Fellow at: Plymouth University (2005 - 2007, Cross-shore sediment transport on sandy beaches); Loughborough University (2007, Dust generation on an Arctic pro-glacial flood plain); before returning once again to Plymouth (2007 - 2010, Impacts of offshore wave energy arrays on seabed and shoreline processes; and 2010 - 2013, Dynamics of rip currents and implication for beach safety).

My present research at Bangor includes:
  • WASP - Waves Across Shore Platforms. EPSRC-funded grant investigating wave attenuation processes across rocky shore platforms at multiple sites across the UK and New Zealand to produce a new numerical modelling tool.
  • Nearshore inter- to sub-tidal sediment exchange caused by the interaction of wave-driven nearshore currents, tidal currents and cross-shelf currents. This is linked to the Crown Estates Anglesey Tidal Test Site, with particular interest in nearshore sub-sea cable pathways, and encompasses field measurements of the full water column velocity, turbulence and sediment profiles.
  • Rip currents around coastal structures and headlands, sponsored by the RNLI and Met Office. Combined field and numerical modelling study around groynes, breakwaters and geological features.

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