Tiny particles of plastic (less than 1 mm diameter) are now entering the human food-chain through our consumption of seafood. The issue of plastics reaching the ocean is not new, but over the past few years our understanding of the impacts has increased dramatically. A 2014 study showed that Europeans consume approximately 11,000 microplastic particles … More The scourge of ocean microplastics
Here follows a press release for our recent paper on wave breaking patterns and the link to rip current risk. Research by the Universities of Southampton and Plymouth has found a new link between breaking waves and the hazard posed by rip currents. The research provides a better understanding why some surf zone conditions … More New paper: New understanding of rip currents that could save lives
…or so they would have you believe. Actress Anne Hathaway ‘pulled under by a riptide’, Scottish man killed when the ‘lethal current dragged him underwater’ and the ‘children that screamed as they were pulled under by strong rip currents’. Rip currents are indeed a very real risk to recreational users of the beach, with more … More The currents that will kill us all…
Rip currents are a dangerous coastal hazard. A simple statement that most casual beach users would tend to agree with. Why, then, are so many of those same people ignorant of the risks posed by rip current currents? Why do many beach users, excepting perhaps experienced surfers, fail to spot the dangers and still end … More The currents that will ‘rip’ your trunks off: why don’t people see the risk?