Möller, I.; Evans, B.R.; Spencer, T.

Coastal Biodiversity and Ecosystem Service Sustainability (CBESS) wave monitoring over saltmarsh and mudflat habitats

The dataset details derived wave parameters from bottom-mounted pressure monitoring installations across five UK salt marshes. Two of the sites were in Morecambe Bay, North West England and three of the sites were in Essex, South East England, each of these sites consisted of a saltmarsh area and adjacent mudflat area. The sensors were deployed in transects oriented approximately shore-normal and straddling the vegetated-unvegetated margin.
This data was collected as part of Coastal Biodiversity and Ecosystem Service Sustainability (CBESS): NE/J015644/1. The project was funded with support from the Biodiversity and Ecosystem Service Sustainability (BESS) programme. BESS is a six-year programme (2011-2017) funded by the UK Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) as part of the UK's Living with Environmental Change (LWEC) programme.

Publication date: 2016-02-29

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Format of the dataset : Comma-separated values (CSV)

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This resource is made available under the terms of the Open Government Licence

You must cite: Möller, I.; Evans, B.R.; Spencer, T. (2016). Coastal Biodiversity and Ecosystem Service Sustainability (CBESS) wave monitoring over saltmarsh and mudflat habitats. NERC Environmental Information Data Centre. https://doi.org/10.5285/f4db9cda-c25e-4ce8-b236-31e8bf44fcde


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Study area
Temporal extent
2012-10-12    to    2013-12-07

Supplemental information

Other useful information regarding this dataset:

The following paper provides details on the methods used to collect the data: Möller, I., Spencer, T., French, J. R. R., Leggett, D. J. J., & Dixon, M. (1999). Wave Transformation Over Salt Marshes: A Field and Numerical Modelling Study from North Norfolk, England. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science, 49(3), 411-426

Provenance & quality

At each site a transect of Druck PDCR1830 pressure transducers was established to include the transition between vegetated and unvegetated foreshore areas. For each of the Essex sites eight transducers were deployed, while in Morecambe twelve constituted a transect. Transducers were attached to a Campbell CR1000 datalogger programmed to record at 4Hz at the top of the tide. Pressure data were subsequently processed following the method of Möller et al. (1999) to produce the output parameters mean water depth (hPT), spectrally-derived total spectral energy (EPT), spectrally-derived significant wave height (HsPT) and spectrally-derived peak wave period (TpPT). Records were subsequently filtered to remove those coinciding with known problems with equipment and those deemed to be breaking based on the calculated wave height to water depth ratio.

Correspondence/contact details

Spencer, T.
University of Cambridge
Cambridge Coastal Research Unit, Department of Geography, University of Cambridge, Downing Place


Möller, I.
University of Cambridge
Evans, B.R.
University of Cambridge
Spencer, T.
University of Cambridge

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NERC Environmental Information Data Centre


Spatial representation type
Tabular (text)
Spatial reference system
OSGB 1936 / British National Grid


Topic categories
Habitats and Biotopes
attenuation,  BESS,  CBESS,  Essex Morecambe Bay mudflat,  pressure sensors,  salt marsh,  transformation,  United Kingdom vegetated foreshores,  wave monitoring