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Dr Chris Blenkinsopp is a Senior Lecturer in Civil Engineering Hydraulics in the Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering at the University of Bath. His teaching and research interests lie in the field of Water Engineering; in particular, coastal processes, remote sensing and ocean waves.

Chris graduated with an MEng in Civil Engineering from the University of Nottingham in 2001 after which he worked in New Zealand and the UK as a coastal engineering consultant.

Chris completed a PhD examining air entrainment and energy dissipation in breaking waves at the University of Southampton, graduating in 2007.

Following his PhD, he took up a postdoctoral position at the University of New South Wales (UNSW), Water Research Laboratory working on the field investigation of sediment transport in the swash zone of sand and gravel beaches.

Chris was appointed as an Associate Lecturer in Environmental Fluid Mechanics at UNSW in January 2009 and was awarded a Lectureship in July 2011. His teaching focuses on Water Engineering and includes hydraulics and coastal engineering.

Chris joined the University of Bath as a lecturer in July 2013.

Research

Dr Chris Blenkinsopp's primary research interests cover remote sensing of coastal processes, sediment transport and hydrodynamics in the surf and swash zone, wave breaking and wave energy converters.

Chris has considerable expertise in field and laboratory measurements of coastal processes and has been involved in several major field and prototype-scale laboratory experiments including the ECORS project in France and the EU-funded BARDEX 1 and 2 projects at the Delta Flume in the Netherlands.

Chris is currently lead investigator of an Australian Research Council Discovery Project which examines bed shear stress under run-up flows and involves field experiments in Australia and Europe, as well as laboratory testing at the world’s largest coastal engineering laboratory facility in Germany.

Chris is also heavily involved in developing LiDAR technology for the measurement of coastal hydrodynamics and the investigation of storm erosion and recovery of beaches.

Willing to supervise PhD

Interested in supervising students studying:

  • Remote sensing of coastal processes
  • Coastal hydrodynamics
  • Coastal sediment transport
  • Wave breaking. 

Education/Academic qualification

Coastal Engineering, Doctor of Philosophy, University of Southampton

1 Oct 20021 Nov 2006

Civil Engineering, Master of Engineering, University of Nottingham

1 Oct 199730 Jun 2001

External positions

Adjunct Lecturer, University of New South Wales

1 Jul 2013 → …

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Projects 2012 2020

Dynamic Coastal Protection: Resilience of Dynamic Revetments Under Sea Level Rise

Blenkinsopp, C., Masselink, G., Conley, D., Brown, J., Reniers, A., Almar, R., Tissier, M., Troch, P., Gallach Sanchez, D., Mccall, R., Turner, I., Baldock, T. & Hunter, A.

1/07/1629/09/17

Project: EU Commission

shallow water
wave runup
beach
water wave
coast

Research Output 2003 2019

1 Citation (Scopus)

A 3D parallel Particle-In-Cell solver for extreme wave interaction with floating bodies

Chen, Q., Zang, J., Ning, D., Blenkinsopp, C. & Gao, J., 1 May 2019, In : Ocean Engineering. 179, p. 1-12 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

2 Citations (Scopus)

A new remote predictor of wave reflection based on runup asymmetry

Almar, R., Blenkinsopp, C., Almeida, L. P., Catalán, P. A., Bergsma, E., Cienfuegos, R. & Viet, N. T., 5 Feb 2019, In : Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science. 217, p. 1-8 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Bore collapse and wave run-up on a sandy beach

Bergsma, E., Blenkinsopp, C., Martins, K., Almar, R. & Almeida, L., 15 Feb 2019, In : Continental Shelf Research. 174, p. 132-139 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

14 Downloads (Pure)

Breaking wave imaging using lidar and sonar

Bryan, O., Bayle, P., Blenkinsopp, C. & Hunter, A. J., 12 Mar 2019, In : IEEE Journal of Oceanic Engineering. p. 1-11 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
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10 Downloads (Pure)

Environmental signal shredding on sandy coastlines

Lazarus, E. D., Harley, M. D., Blenkinsopp, C. E. & Turner, I. L., 18 Jan 2019, In : Earth Surface Dynamics. 7, 1, p. 77-86 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
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Datasets

Dataset for "Breaking Wave Imaging using Lidar and Sonar"

Blenkinsopp, C. (Creator), Hunter, A. (Creator), Bayle, P. (Creator), Bryan, O. (Creator), University of Bath, 20 Mar 2019

Dataset

Dataset for "Bore collapse and wave run-up on a sandy beach"

Bergsma, E. (Creator), Blenkinsopp, C. (Creator), Martins, K. (Creator), University of Bath, 23 Jan 2019

Dataset

Thesis

Wave transformation in the surf zone

Author: Martins, K., 6 Dec 2017

Supervisor: Blenkinsopp, C. (Supervisor) & Zang, J. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD

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