Coastal Processes & Dynamics Forum

The Coastal Processes and Dynamics (CPD) Forum is led by Dr Jim Hansom.

The CPD Forum aims to provide an integrated Forum to promote enhanced understanding of the physical functioning of the coastal zone.  This group bridges the physical, biological and human influences within the coastal zone.

The Scottish coastal zone is under increasing pressure from enhanced erosion and flooding as sea levels rise, storm impacts increase and coastal sediment supply wanes. Simultaneously, human impact on the coast is at an all-time high with ongoing urbanisation and now joined by marine renewable developments, amongst other pressures. 

Our mission is to better understand and promote the cooperative science that underlies resilience and coastal change to help inform future adaptation at the coast.

If you would like advice from the CPD Forum, please complete the enquiry form and email to

if you would like to find an expert on coastal issues, check out the coastal expertise database. if you would like to be included in this database please contact


Forum Convenor: Dr Jim Hansom

Deputy Forum Convenor: TBC

Steering Group: Alistair Rennie & Stewart Angus (SNH); William Ritchie (Independant); David Green (Aberdeen University); Fraser Milne (Dundee University); and Richard Bates (St Andrews University)

Dr Alistair Rennie

Dr Alistair Rennie works for the Scottish Government coordinating an inter-agency research programme into coastal erosion. This research aims to investigate past change and assess the likelihood of future change to better inform Government, Agency, Local Authority and wider partners’ strategic planning. Before his placement, Alistair worked for Scottish Natural Heritage as their Coastal Geomorphologist. Within this role he commissioned research into coastal change, advised on planning applications (including the Trump/Menie Links and Rosyth public inquiries) and provided policy advice.

Prof Stewart Angus

Professor Stewart Angus is a Policy & Advice Manager in Scottish Natural Heritage, based in Inverness. He is responsible for conservation advice on coastal habitats: dunes, machair, saltmarsh, cliffs, shingle and saline lagoons.  As well as casework advice, this post addresses monitoring and climate change planning. He has specialist interests in machair and saline lagoons, in the functional connectivity of coastal habitats, and in the links between coastal habitats and people. A combination of personal interests and ‘mission creep’ have also led to work on marine molluscs, kelp beds, sandy beaches, and seaweed harvesting.

Prior to becoming a coastal specialist, Stewart was SNH Area Manager for the Western Isles, preceded by posts with the Nature Conservancy Council in Sutherland and Lewis. He has published two books on the Outer Hebrides and is writing a third volume on ‘island waters’.

He is an Honorary Professor in the School of Life Sciences at Heriot-Watt University and an Honorary Senior Lecturer in the Geosciences School of the University of Aberdeen.  He is also a Director of the SCAPE Trust.

Dr Fraser Milne

Fraser Milne is a NERC funded Postdoctoral Research Assistant at the University of Dundee working on a multi-institution, interdisciplinary consortium investigating how climate change may alter the risk to the British coastline from submarine landslide-generated tsunamis. He carries out research at the interface between physical geography and civil engineering to enhance understanding of landscape forming processes and to facilitate effective hazard management. In particular, his work has focussed on mass movements and coastal hazards (specifically erosion, storm impacts and tsunami inundation).