Dr Stuart Stripling

Dr Stuart Stripling

Hydrodynamic Facility Scientific Manager

School of Engineering (Faculty of Science & Engineering)


Scientific Manager of COAST laboratory

Member of Centre for Coastal Science and Engineering (CCOSE)
Member of COAST Research Group


PhD in numerical mdoelling of tides (Plymouth University, 1995)

Prior to becoming the Manager of Plymouth University's COAST lab, Stuart was the Principal Partner of MAREA Consulting, a recently formed Partnership specialising in shoreline management and modelling, and assessment of flood- and erosion-risk.  He has more than 20 years post-graduate experience of numerical model development and application in the fields of tides, waves, beach- morphology and flood/erosion-risk assessment.  Until summer 2011 Stuart was employed as a Principal Scientist by HR Wallingford, where he worked for over 15 years.

Stuart has been actively engaged in coastal research programmes for more than a decade including project manager of the Defra/EA-funded Understanding Barrier Beaches research programme and the integrated broad-scale numerical modelling framework for shoreline evolution and enhanced flood-risk assessment under the FRMRC (I and II) research programmes.  The programme has been designed to fit within the Flood Risk Assessment for Strategic Planning (RASP) methodology – ie. Source/Pathway/Receptor descriptors, and is funded as part of the EA’s Performance-Based Asset Management System (PAMS) Theme and has underpinned coastal erosion-risk and coastal flood-risk models; evolving the modelling technique to allow probabilistic application.

In addition to his considerable research activity, Stuart is has been extensively involved in shoreline management consultancy work both in the UK and abroad.  Much of his time in consultancy has been dedicated to the Italian coastlines, where his project management skills, numerical modelling experience, and knowledge of coastal processes combine to provide state-of-the-art numerical model application and sustainable solutions to coastal erosion problems.  Dr Stripling has published papers demonstrating advances in integrated coastal process modelling through GIS application.

Professional membership


Teaching interests

Coastal Engineering

Research interests

Marine renewable energy technologies, integrated coastal erosion- and flood-risk modelling, coastal processes and coastal engineering optimisation. ​

Other research

COAST Research Group

Grants & contracts

EP/K012177/1 - The hydrodynamics of deformable flexible fabric structures for wave energy conversion, EPSRC

Panzeri, M. C., Stripling, S., & Chesher, T. (2012). A GIS Framework for Probabilistic Modelling of Coastal Erosion and Flood-Risk. In Proceedings of PIANC - COPEDEC VIII Vol. n/a (pp. n/a). Madras (India): HR Wallingford. Retrieved from http://eprints.hrwallingford.co.uk/600/

Stripling, S., & Bernero, M. B. (2010). Application of a GIS-based numerical modelling system at Marina di Rimini, Italy. In Proceedings of 1st Coastal and Maritime Mediterranean Conference, Best Environmental Practices in Coastal Engineering (pp. 61-66). Hammamet (Tunisia): HR Wallingford. Retrieved from http://eprints.hrwallingford.co.uk/376/

Stripling, S., & Panzeri, M. C. (2009). Modelling shoreline evolution to enhance flood risk assessment. Proceedings of the ICE - Maritime Engineering, 162(3), 137-144. doi:10.1680/maen.2009.162.3.137

Stripling, S., Panzeri, M. C., Kemp, J., & Brampton, A. (2007). Broad-scale morphodynamic shoreline modelling system within a standalone GIS coastal management tool: GTI-SEAMaT. In Proceedings of Institute of Civil Engineers International Conference on Coastal Management (pp. 119-129). Cardiff.

Walkden, M., Hall, J., Meadowcroft, I., & Stripling, S. (2001). Probabilistic process modelling of soft cliff erosion and management. In Coastal Engineering 2000 (pp. 3100-3113). Sydney (Australia). doi:10.1061/40549(276)241

Southgate, H.N. and Stripling, S. “Measurements of wave breaking in the UK Coastal Research Facility”, 25th ICCE, Orlando, September 1996.

George, K., & Stripling, S. (1995). Improving the simulation of drying and wetting in a 2-dimensional tidal numerical model. Applied Mathematical Modelling, 19(1), 2-6. doi:10.1016/0307-904X(94)00009-U

Reports & invited lectures

Stripling, S., Panzeri, M., Blanco, B., Rossington, K., Sayers, P. and Webbon, R. (2011) Broad Scale Integration of Coastal Flood and Erosion Risk Models FRMRC Research Report SWP4.3 Retrieved from  http://web.sbe.hw.ac.uk/frmrc/downloads/FRMRC2_WP4.3_ScienceReport.pdf

Stripling, S., Bradbury, A. P., Cope, S. N., & Brampton, A. H. (2009). Understanding Barrier Beaches: Understanding Barrier Beaches (FD1924/TR). Environment Agency. Retrieved from http://evidence.environment-agency.gov.uk/fcerm/en/Default/HomeAndLeisure/Floods/WhatWereDoing/IntoTheFuture/ScienceProgramme/ResearchAndDevelopment/FCRM/Project.aspx?ProjectID=32bb303d-e317-48f2-bf7a-6d8ae2ea1468&PageID=e5888436-7c89-44e5-aa88-1ab9405f8bfd

"Demonstration of the new COAST Laboratory wave tank testing facilities" ICE-SW Marine Renewable Energy Meeting the Need Seminar, Plymouth University, 1/10/12

"Shoreline evolution for flood-risk assessment", FRMRCII Practitioner Workshop on Asset Management, School of Oriental and African Srtudies, Russell Square, London 4/10/11

"Use of Physical and Numerical Beach Models in Coastal Design and Management Studies"  ICE-SW Coastal Seminar, Plymouth University, 21/10/10