Drifter Deployments at Ngarunui, New Zealand.
Pictured here with a drifter for a rip current study in New Zealand, 2015. Photo credit: Carey Conn.

I am a Lecturer in Physical Geography working on coastal hydrodynamics at the University of Canterbury (Christchurch, New Zealand). My primary research interests are coastal hazards, rip currents, storm response and remote sensing approaches to coastal processes. At the minute I am involved with the SurgeWatch website, compiling a database of UK Coastal Flood Events.

My academic CV is available here.

Some of my publications can be found below, or listed on Google Scholar:


[1] Pitman et al., 2016. Wave breaking patterns control rip current flow regimes and surfzone retention, Marine Geology, 382:176-190. Available here.


[2] Gallop et al., 2016. Perceptions of rip current myths from the central south coast of
England, Ocean and Coastal Management, 119:14-20. Available here.



[3] S. Pitman et al., 2016. Synthetic imagery for the automated detection of rip currents. Proceedings of the 14th International Coastal Symposium, Sydney, Australia. SI75:912-916.

[4] S. Gallop et al., 2016. Pulsations in surf zone currents on a high energy mesotidal beach in New Zealand. Proceedings of the 14th International Coastal Symposium, Sydney, Australia. SI75:378-382.

[5] S. Gallop et al., 2015. Rip current observations on a low sloping dissipative beach. Proceedings of the Australasian Coasts & Ports Conference, Auckland, New Zealand.

[6] S. Pitman 2014. Methods for field measurement and remote sensing of the swash zone. Geomorphological Techniques Chapter 3, Sec 2.6, British Society for Geomorphology, ISSN 2047-0371. Available here.


PrePrint: The following article is uploaded as a pre print while it undergoes peer review with the journal Safety Science: