Seb is a coastal geomorphologist, with his primary interests being the study of mixed sediment beaches, and the study of hazardous rip currents.
Qualifications & Memberships
My research on mixed sand gravel beach dynamics employs cutting edge technology such as UAV survey, Ground Penetrating Radar, and Coastal Imaging methods in order to understand contemporary processes. One exciting emerging aspect of this work is the impact of post-seismic sediment pulses to the beach, and the subsequent impact on surfzone morphodynamics.
My research on coastal hazards spans cross-disciplinary boundaries, encompassing physical measurement of surfzone morphodynamics, and the social aspects of drowning risk.
More recently, through a partnership with the UK's Royal National Lifeboat Institution, my research has considered human factors in rescue situations. This current research focus centers on the role of lifeguard preventative actions on beaches, and the subsequent impact of interventions on beach rescue statistics.
- Pitman SJ., Thompson K., Hart DE., Moran K., Gallop SL., Brander RW. and Wooler A. (2021) Beachgoers' ability to identify rip currents at a beach in situ. Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences 21(1): 115-128. http://dx.doi.org/10.5194/nhess-21-115-2021.
- Hart D., Pitman S. and Byun D-S. (2020) Earthquakes, coasts… and climate change? Multi-hazard opportunities, challenges and approaches for coastal cities.. Journal of Coastal Research (SI95): 819-823. http://dx.doi.org/10.2112/SI95-159.1.
- Pitman SJ. (2019) Trends in the wear of Personal Flotation Devices (PFDs) in the UK 2009-2017. Injury Prevention http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/injuryprev-2019-043213.
- Pitman SJ. and Lee D. (2019) Determining the accuracy of visual wave height observations and the perception of surf-zone hazards made by lifeguards. Journal of Coastal Research 35(4): 776-783. http://dx.doi.org/10.2112/JCOASTRES-D-18-00128.1.
- Pitman SJ., Gallop SL. and Brander RW. (2019) Staying Safe on a Surf Beach: What Are Rip Currents? Frontiers for Young Minds 7 http://dx.doi.org/10.3389/frym.2019.00033.