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Switch to OSTN15

As of 26th August 2016, Ordnance Survey have adopted a new transformation OSTN15/OSGM15 to convert from ETRS89 to OSGB36 co-ordinates. This switch is due to an improvement made by Ordnance Survey in their techniques collecting gravity data. As a result, a new geoid model has been produced for the UK and Ireland, called OSTN15. The geoid … Read More

Report on non-native species along the South West Coast

During the ground truth surveys for our latest habitat mapping dataset our contractor came across a number of non-native species. We’ve commissioned a report on these species which is now available to download from our website. 23 sites around the between Portland Bill and Hartland Point were visited during the ground truthing exercise, 11 of which were found to have invasive or … Read More

Coastal conference reveals value of data providing an insight into the South West’s changing coastline

A decade of data estimated to be worth more than £500 million is providing a valuable graphic and technical illustration of changes to 2,000km of coastline around the South West of England, it has been revealed. During a talk at COAST South West 2016, scientist Emerald Siggery, leader of the coastal process team at the … Read More

Celebrating 10 Years of Coastal Monitoring in the South West

April marks the beginning of the South West Regional Coastal Monitoring Programme and the Plymouth Coastal Observatory’s 10th anniversary year! To mark the occasion and the beginning of the third phase of the Programme we will be holding an event where we will be celebrating our achievements over the past decade and looking forward to … Read More

New Additions to the PCO Team

Mark Wiggins left PCO in January 2016;  Mark was a valued part of the PCO Team for a number of years and we wish him all the best in his future career. Mark has been replaced by Cristina Corti who will be our representative for North Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly and Matthew Vann, … Read More

The Jurassic Coast as you’ve never seen it before

South West scientists have released stunning images of what the coast at Lyme Regis looks like through the ‘eyes’ of their high-tech equipment. They were produced using data gathered by a team working for the Plymouth Coastal Observatory to give a highly accurate picture of the cliffs as work on sea defences on that part … Read More