Dr Jon Miles
Associate Head of School
School of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics (Faculty of Science and Engineering)
Coastal Sediment Dynamics
Member of COAST research group: Coastal and Engineering & Marine Renewables
Member of CPRG: Coastal Process Research Group
Member of C-COSE: Centre for Coastal and Ocean Science and Engineering
C-COSE seminar series organiser
Research skills & research projects
Dr Jon Miles has approximately 20 years experience in coastal science, with specific expertise in the measurement and analysis of sediment transport processes in-situ. Studies have included: measurement of marine bedforms and associated dynamics; the role of wave-shape in cross-shore sediment transport; sediment transport rates in rip currents; swash zone dynamics on dissipative and intermediate beaches and the role of swash in shoreline change; longshore current strengths and sediment transport; shear waves and their influence on sediment transport rates; and measurement of wave reflection and sediment transport processes in front of seawalls. Dr Miles is developing research into the marine flow dynamics around offshore wind monopole foundations, through laboratory and field observations.
Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (University of Plymouth)
Accredited as a Teacher in Higher Education (University of Plymouth)
PhD: Sediment transport in front of seawalls (University of Plymouth)
BSc Joint Hons Physical Oceanography with Mathematics, (University of Wales, Bangor)
Challenger Society for Marine Science
Royal Yachting Association
Coastal science and engineering
My research experience to date is in the field of coastal processes. I have worked on a number of different projects relating to hydrodynamic and sediment dynamic processes on natural beaches as follows:
11. Impact of coastal defences on beaches
10. Environmental Impact of Offshore Windfarms (OFELIA) (2012-present)
9. In-situ video measurement of morphodynamc features (2010-present)
8. Rip current dynamics and sediment transport (2010-present)
7. Sediment dynamics in the shoaling, surf and swash zone (2003-present)
6. The role of swash in shoreline change (measuring sediment transport processes in the nearshore)- 2001-2003
5. COAST3D (Compaison of measurements of nearshore processes with larger scale models) 1998-2001
4. INDIA (Video system for coastal monitoring) 1997-1998
3. COSMOD (Sonar systems for ripple measurement) 1997-1998
2. CSTAB (Nearshore velocity and sediment transport measurements) 1996
1. Effect of seawalls on sediment dynamics, 1993-1997.
Invited reviewer for:
Continental Shelf Research
Journal of Geophysical Research
Journal of Atmospheric and Oceanic Technology
Research degrees awarded to supervised students
James Allen. Development of the WaveCat Wave Energy Converter. 2014-present. 3rd supervisor.
Sam Prodger. Impact of grain size on beach morphology. 2013-present. 3rd supervisor.
Ant Thorpe. Sediment transport in rip currents. 2010-2016 1st supervisor.
Jonathan Tinker. Modelling profile evolution on natural beaches with a sediment flux shape function. 2004-2009. 3rd Supervisor.
Grants & contracts
School of Marine Science and Engineering. Small grant. Stereo video measurement of marine bedforms. £1089
NERC funded PhD studentship. Sediment transport in rip currents.
School of Marine Science and Engineering. Industry and employability information day for undergraduate students £900.
Marine Institute. Small grant. In-situ video measurement of marine bedforms. £800
RDA / PRIMARE. Wave Hub Impacts on Shoreline Processes (Co-investigator). ~£500,000.
- Coastal, Ocean and Sediment Transport
JOURNAL PUBLICATIONS IN PRINT
Miles,J.,Martin, T., and Goddard, L., 2017. Current and wave effects aroundwindfarmmonopile foundations. CoastalEngineering121, 167-178, Doi 10.106/j.coastaleng.2017.01.003
Prodger,S., Russell, P., Davidson, M., Miles, J. and Scott, T., 2016. Understanding and predicting the temporalvariability of sediment grain size characteristics on high-energy beaches, Marine Geology, DOI10.1016/j.margeo.2016.04.003.
Rogan,C., Miles, J., Simmonds, D., Iglesias, G. 2016.The turbulent wake of a monopile foundation, RenewableEnergy, 22, 222-223.Allen, J., Sampanis, K., Wan, J.,Greaves, D., Miles, J., Iglesias, G., 2016. Laboratory Tests in the Developmentof WaveCat, Sustainability 8(12), DOI:10.3390/su8121339
Miles, J. and Thorpe, A., 2015. Bedform contributions to cross-shore sediment transport on a dissipative beach. Coastal Engineering 98, 65-77. Doi: 10.1016/j.coastaleng.2015.01.007
Miles, J., Thorpe, A., Russell, P., Masselink, G., 2014. Megaripple dynamics on a dissipative sandy beach. In: Green,A.N. and Cooper, J.A.G. (eds.), Proceedings 13th International Coastal Symposium (Durban, South Africa), Journal of Coastal Research, Special Issue No. 70, pp. 187-192, ISSN 0749-0208. DOI: 10.2112/SI70-032.1
Thorpe, A., Miles. J.R., Masselink, G., Russell, P.E. 2014. Sediment transport and bedform dynamics in a rip current. International Coastal Symposium (Durban, 2014) . SI Journal of Coastal Research.
Miles, J,R, Thorpe, A Russell, P.E Masselink, G., 2014. Observations of bedforms on a dissipative macrotidal beach. Ocean Dynamics. DOI 10.1007/s10236-013-0677-2
Miles, J,R., 2013. Wave shape effects on sediment transport: International Coastal Symposium (Plymouth, 2013), Paper submitted for refereed journal proceedings in Journal of Coastal Research.
Thorpe, A., Miles. J.R., Masselink, G., Russell, P.E. 2013. Suspended sediment transport and bedform dynamics in a rip current. International Coastal Symposium (Plymouth, 2013), Paper submitted for refereed journal proceedings in Journal of Coastal Research.
Butt, T., Russell, P.E., Miles, J. and Turner, I.L., 2007. Sediment transport processes in the swash zone of sandy beaches. International Coastal Symposium, Journal of Coastal Research, Special Issue 50, 636-640. ISSN 0749.0208
Miles J.R. Butt, T., Russell, P.E. 2006. Swash zone sediment dynamics: A comparison of a dissipative and an intermediate beach Marine Geology 231, 181-200.
Butt, T., Russell, P.E., Puleo, J.A., Miles, J.R., and Masselink, G., 2004. The influence of bore turbulence in the swash and inner surf zones. Continental Shelf Research, 24, 757-771.
Kulkarni, C.D., Levoy, F., Montfort, O. and Miles, J. 2004. Morphological variations of a mixed sediment beachface (Teignmouth, UK). Continental Shelf Research. 24, 11, 1203-1218.
Miles , J.R. and Russell, P.E.. 2004 Dynamics of a reflective beach with a low tide terrace. Continental Shelf Research. 24, 11, 1219-1248.
Van Lancker, Lankneus, J., Hearn, S. Hoekstra, P., Levoy, F. Miles, J., Moerkerke, G., Montfort, O. and Whitehouse, R. 2004. Coastal and nearshore morphology, bedforms and sediment transport pathways at Teignmouth (UK). Continental Shelf Research. 24, 11, 1171-1202.
Saulter, A.N., Russell, P.E., Gallagher, E.L. and Miles, J.R., 2003. Observations of bed level change in a saturated surf zone. Journal of Geophysical Research. 108 C4.
Butt, T., Miles. J.R., Ganderton, P. And Russell, P.E. 2002. A simple method for calibrating optical backscatter sensors in high concentrations of non-cohesive sediments. Marine Geology 192, 419-424. Miles , J.R., Ruessink, G.B., Russell, P.E. and Huntley, D.A., 2002. Field observations of the effect of shear waves on sediment suspension and transport. Continental Shelf Research. 22, 657-681.
Miles , J.R., Russell, P.E. and Huntley, D.A., 2001. Field measurements of the effect of seawalls on sediment transport. Journal of Coastal Research, 17 (1), 195-206.
Ruessink, G.B., Miles, J.R., Fedderson, F. and Guza, R.T., 2001. Modeling the alongshore current. Journal of Geophysical Research. 16 (10), 22451-22463.
Miles, J, Rogan, C., Simmonds D., Iglesias G., 2016. Hydrodynamics near windfarm monopile foundations. 3rd PRIMARE Conference, Bath, 2016.
Rogan, C., Miles, J., Simmonds D., Iglesias G., 2014. The Hydrodynamics of Monopile Foundations - Experimental Measurements of Near Bed and Free Stream Turbulence. Proceedings of Renew 2014, Lisbon, Portugal.
Rogan, C., A. C. Bennis, I. Garcia-Hermosa, G. Iglesias, V. Magar, J. Miles, G. Perret, G. Pinon, A. Rivier, D. Simmonds. Physical and Numerical Modelling of Hydrodynamics and Sediment Transport at Monopile Foundations - a poster presented to the 1st PRIMaRE Conference, Plymouth, 4th - 5th June 2014.
C. Rogan, J. Miles, D. Simmonds, G. Iglesias. The Hydrodynamics of Monopile Foundations - Experimental Measurements of Shear Stress and Turbulence - oral presentation at the 16th Biennial Challenger Society Marine Conference, Plymouth, 8th - 11th September 2014, Abstract # 5472
Magar, V., N. Abcha, A.-C. Bennis, J. Brossard, D.C. Conley, E. Ellis, A. Ezersky, D. Greaves, M.S. Gross, G. Iglesias, K. Littlewood, J. Miles1, D. Mouaze, G. Perret, G. Pinon, D. Simmonds 2013 Laboratory-Scale Environmental Impact Assessment of a Monopile Foundation under Different Wave Conditions (OFELIA). EWEA OFFSHORE 2013, Frankfurt.
Miles, J.R., Thorpe, A., Russell, P.E. and Masselink, G. 2013. Quantification of ripple and mega-ripple migration rates in the nearshore. Coastal Dynamics ‘13, Bordeaux.
Thorpe, A., Miles. J.R., Masselink, G., Russell, P.E. 2012. Bedform dynamics in a rip channel on a macrotidal beach. International Conference on Coastal Engineering, Santander Spain.
Thorpe, A., Miles. J.R., Masselink, G., Russell, P.E. 2012. Field measurements of bedforms in a rip-channel on a macro-tidal beach. YCSEC, Bangor.
Miles, J., 2009. Sediment tranpsort under asymmetric waves. UK Sediments Initiative, Liverpool, May 2009.
Doyle, L.D; Barlow, M.J. and Miles, J. 2008. Prediction of 500m Kayaking performance and anthropometric characterisitcs in recreational kayakers. The British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences Annual student conference. Bedfordshire. May 2008.
Miles J.R., Russell, P.E., Ruessink, B.G., and Huntley, D.A. 2004. Tidal variations in shear wave energy. AGU Ocean Sciences meeting, Portland Oregon.
Butt, T., Russell, P.E., Masselink, G., Miles, J.R., Huntley, D.A., Evans, D., and Ganderton, P. 2003. An integrative approach to investigating the role of swash in shoreline change. Proceedings 28th International Conference on Coastal Engineering, ASCE, 917-928.
Butt, T., Russell, P.E., Masselink, G, Evans, D., and Miles, J.R. An integrated approach towards swash zone sediment transport. International Conference on Coastal Engineering, ASCE, Cardiff, July 2002..
Miles, J.R., Butt, T., Russell, P. E., Masselink, G., Evans, D., Ganderton, P., Huntley, D.A. 2002. Swash zone sediment dynamics on steep and shallow beaches. AGU Fall meeting, San Fransisco.
Miles, J.R., Russell, P., Butt, T., Masselink, G., Evans, D., Ganderton, P., Huntley, D.A. 2002. Swash zone sediment tranpsort. UK Oceanography 2002, Plymouth.
Tapia, I.M. Russell, P.E. and Miles, J.R., 2001. Relationship between vertical wave asymmetry and the fourth velocity moment in the surf zone: Implications for sediment transport. Lund, Sweden
Miles, J.R., Russell, P.E., Ruessink, G.B., DeBoer, A.G., Thornton E.B., and Huntley, D.A., 2000. Shear wave and edge wave distribution on a barred beach. International Conference on Coastal Engineering, ASCE, Sydney, July 2000.
Miles, J.R., Russell, P.E. and Huntley, D.A., 1997. Measuring suspended sediment response to wave reflection. Coastal Dynamics ‘97, Plymouth.
Miles, J.R., Russell, P.E. and Huntley, D.A., 1996. Field investigation of suspended sediment transport and wave reflection near a seawall. International Conference on Coastal Engineering, ASCE, Orlando, Florida.
Miles, J.R., Russell, P.E. and Huntley, D.A., 1994. Enhanced sediment transport near seawalls and reflective beaches. UK Oceanography 1994, Stirling.
Miles, J.R. 1997; Enhanced sediment transport in front of seawalls and reflective beaches. Unpublished PhD thesis. University of Plymouth, UK. 192pp.
Miles, J.R. 2009. Coaching towards flow in performance. CoDe (The Coaching Development Magazine of the British Canoe Union). 149. 2-3.
Miles, J.R. 2012. Switch your coaching. CoDe (The Coaching Development Magazine of the British Canoe Union). 163. 3-4.