Understanding Extreme Nearshore Wave Events through Studies of Coastal Boulder Transport


Dec 2015 - Dec 2018


Dr Louise O'Boyle
Prof. Trevor Whittaker




In winter 2013-2014, storm waves on the west coast of Ireland dislocated and transported very large boulders with estimated masses 50-430 tonnes. These boulders were moved in some cases 10s of meters at elevations up to 16 m above high water and 100 m inland.  The boulders themselves provide evidence for the forces exerted by storm waves at those locations. 

This project investigates the magnitude of extreme-wave behaviour in the coastal zone. Through a combination of field measurements, numerical modelling, and physical wave-tank experiments we will generate an understanding of the relationship between coastal wave energy and onshore mass transport.




For further information please contact Dr Louise O’Boyle