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 (Coastal Geomorphology) working on coastal hydrodynamics at the University of Canterbury (Christchurch, New Zealand). My primary research interests are coastal hazards, rip currents and beach safety, storm response and mixed sand gravel beach dynamics. My research involves a number of technical methods, such as ground penetrating radar, GPS surf zone drifters, coastal imaging remote sensing systems and UAV survey.

In addition to my primary research interests, I am also involved with the SurgeWatch website, compiling a database of UK Coastal Flood Events, and am currently working with Surf Lifesaving New Zealand to develop their SafeSwim app to give real time hazard warnings based on hydrodynamic parameters.

My academic CV is available here.

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

[1] Pitman et al., (In Press). An analysis of lifejacket wear, environmental factors, and casualty activity on marine accident fatality rates, Safety Science, doi: 10.1016/j.ssci.2018.07.016. Available here.

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[2] Gallop et al., 2018. Rip current circulation and surf zone retention on a double barred beach, Marine Geology, 405:12-22. Available here.


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


[4] 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.



[5] 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.

[6] 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.

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

[8] 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.