Coastal Cliff Monitoring

Coastal landslides and cliff failures represent a significant hazard to local residents, workers and the 12 million people who visit Dorset’s coast each year. Cliff falls are a national problem which is worthy of research and development trials, as they are expensive and time consuming to monitor using traditional methods.

We have expanded our project activities to monitor land stability and cliff movement at key points along the Jurassic Coast. In order to deliver this research we have brought the British Geological Society (BGS) into the project as a new partner who will work alongside Vodafone, Bournemouth University, Neutral Networks and Dorset Council. The work trial will deploy 5G connected NBIoT sensors to collect data, including acceleration and temperature, which will then be processed and analysed in the cloud for interpretation by BGS experts.

This work compliments our Connected Coast and Future of Food research areas which also use 5G sensors and Edge computing for processing, and takes the overall project value to £8 million.