Coastal Marine Applied Research (CMAR)

A research-informed consultancy to address important issues in the coastal and marine environment

CMAR are based in the School of Biological and Marine Sciences at the University of Plymouth and aim to provide a first-class data collection, analysis and synthesis service to help address important issues in the coastal and marine environment. They strive to understand and predict the behaviour of coastal, marine and estuarine systems to support the appropriate management of resources and activities in these environments

CMAR specialises in:

  • The collection, analysis and interpretation of air-, land- and sea-based coastal survey data.
  • Making in-situ measurements of hydrodynamics (waves, currents and tides) and sediment transport processes in coastal, estuarine, nearshore and shallow marine environments, and conducting advanced analysis and interpretation of these data.
  • Providing expert, research-informed advice on physical issues in the coastal zone.
  • Numerical modelling of coastal processes and marine physics.


Coastal Marine Applied Research (CMAR) is unique in that they can draw on the expertise of a large collection of internationally recognised researchers, specifically, in the University of Plymouth’s Coastal Processes Research Group(CPRG) and Marine Physics Research Group (MPRG), as well as other academics within the University’s Marine Institute (MI) and other collaborating universities.  Combine this with a dedicated consultancy team and the result is a data collection and analysis service where academic rigour and timely delivery are the first priorities.

CMAR has a comprehensive range of field equipment for survey, hydrodynamic and morphological measurements. Their technical and academic staff are highly experienced in the set up, deployment and retrieval of this equipment, and they’ve published a number of peer-reviewed journal papers using the fantastic data they acquire.

What CMAR provides

They aim to provide a first-class data collection, analysis and synthesis service focused on coastal processes and marine physics, including:

  • Expert knowledge, interpretation and application of relevant coastal science to support, inform, review or actively lead any coastal projects.
  • Specialist training in coastal processes, data collection and analysis methodologies, as well as hiring out specialist equipment.
  • Collection of morphological data, including RTK-GPS surveys, single- and multi-beam bathymetric surveys, terrestrial LiDAR scans, and hydrographic survey involving side-scan sonar and sub-bottom profiler.
  • Deployment of coastal equipment for measuring coastal water levels, waves, tides, currents and sediment transport processes using a wide range of devices, including offshore deployment of directional wave buoys.
  • Deployment of oceanographic equipment for measuring stratification, ocean mixing, seabed mobility, ocean currents using a wide range of devices, including offshore deployment of Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler.
  • Analysis of coastal morphological and oceanographic data using suite of software, including ARC-GIS (spatial data), Matlab (large data sets), Fledermaus/QINSy (multibeam data), Cyclone (point cloud data analysis).
  • Numerical modelling of coastal morphodynamics over a range of time scales, including wave modelling (SWAN, DELFT3D, MIKE21), ocean dynamics (GOTM), coastal response (XBeach, XBeach-G), long-term coastal change (SHORFOR). Most of these models are either developed or modified in-house, and are state of the art.

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