Media & Press

Take a look at some of the media coverage on my work below

Watch a clip of our work on the BBC News – Storm Babet beach erosion (October 2023):

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Increasing frequency of storms (November 2023)

We are seeing that the gaps between storm events are descreasing with climate change, and this poses real problems for beaches in terms of their ability to recover and provide natural defence before the next storm hits. Here’s an interview I did with ITV on this problem.

Storm Babet and Coastal Erosion:

This storm was unusual, and had a prominent impact on Durham’s colliery-dominated coastline. Have a listen to my BBC Radio interview here.



Durham coastline: Storm Babet may increase cliff erosion

Coverage of our discussion on the storm’s impacts

How are we trying to predict rip current risk?

On TVNZ Breakfast I discuss how we are using drifters to measure rip currents, ultimately with the aim of predicting when and where rip currents will be most dangerous on New Zealand’s beaches:


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Does our beach education need to change?

January 2021.

Here’s our work being showcased on the evening news – I argue that rip current education needs to change, because what we currently have is simply not working.

If so, how do we change it?

Here are some follow up pieces featured on Radio New Zealand, where I explain a little more about our research.




78% of beachgoers unable to spot deadly rips

A worrying percentage of people are unable to spot the danger in front of them at the beach.

Increased erosion at Patiti Point, Timaru

Coverage of the public council forum where we outlined the University’s research into sediment movement and beach health around Timaru

Rip currents and Safeswim

Take a look at our efforts in build a predictive rip current prediction index here in New Zealand

Using video images to understand rip current risk

Coverage of our UK study, using video imagery to estimate rip current hazard

Rip currents and Safeswim

Take a look at this 10 minute interview with Kathryn Ryan on Radio NZ’s Nine to Noon Show.