About WCMC

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The WCMC delivers a standard, repeatable and cost-effective coastal monitoring programme on behalf of Welsh Risk Management Authorities (RMAs) to provide the evidence necessary for Flood & Coastal Erosion Risk Management (FCERM) decisions.

With time, our data will provide evidence to inform coastal evolution, sea level rise and climate change mitigation. The data is freely available for all.

We engage in novel research and development projects aimed at improving the efficiency and effectiveness of coastal monitoring, as well as improving coastal and climate change education in Wales and internationally.

The Wales Coastal Monitoring Centre (WCMC) was established in the Vale of Glamorgan Council in 2019.

The WCMC reports to a consortium of 3 MLAs and the Welsh Local Government Association. 

We are supported by Natural Resources Wales, The National Trust and The Wales Coastal Groups Forum who together form the Advisory Panel.

Our Aim

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The Welsh Coastal Monitoring Centre will develop a strategic approach to coastal monitoring in Wales, supporting the National Strategy for Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management, through delivery of the evidence base required for risk based FCERM decision making. 

Our Values

  •  Highest achievable standards

    • Consistent delivery builds trust with our stakeholders through dependability

  • Resourcefulness

    • We recognise for a small team, to achieve more than our expectations, we must seek opportunities in collaborations and technological developments

  • Data, not opinions

    • An evidence based approach requires empirical methods. We measure to ensure our decisions are informed and not guesswork

  • People are our greatest asset

    • Committed, forward thinking, supported and motivated people create inconceivable efficiencies and solve problems we didn’t know existed

  • Global responsibility

    • Wales, as a nation, aims high for sustainability and we endeavour to benefit the people and planet through contributions of shared progress, learning and experiences 

Meet Our Team

Gwyn Nelson WCMC Programme Manager

Gwyn Nelson

Programme Manager

Arriving in 2019 with 15 years experience in commercial coastal surveys, Gwyn and the team have developed the WCMC from the business case, to what we see today. 

Will Russell

Will Russell WCMC Coastal Process Scientist

Coastal Process Scientist

Arriving in 2019 with a Masters in Ocean Science, Will has been key in developing the processes and systems for strategic surveying of the Welsh Coastline.

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Lucy Attwood

Assistant Coastal Process Scientist

Lucy joined in Sept 2021 and is our second undergraduate placement, studying Marine Geography at Cardiff University. Lucy is excited to help develop our school's programme and to go on surveys with the team.

Sivert Hellvik Havso WCMC Robotics Researcher

Sivert Hellvik Havso

Robotics Researcher

Sivert began his KESS2 MPhil in November 2020 at Aberystwyth University Robotics Department, to develop a low cost autonomous survey rover. Learn More


Ben Davies

Assistant Coastal Scientist

Ben joined in 2021 as a graduate kickstarter. He has a BSc in Physical Geography and Oceanography, and is excited to launch a career focused on the marine environment.

Hannah Richards WCMC Assistant Coastal Process Scientist

Hannah Richards

Assistant Coastal Scientist

Hannah joined in 2021 as a graduate kickstarter.  She has degrees in Geology and Ecology, and enjoys working with people. Hannah developed our method for Point Cloud processing and worked on our schools programme.

Opportunities to work with us

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We believe all workplaces are 'education centres' teaching our team not just the skills required but how to build an improvement mindset.

We operate an undergraduate 12 month placement scheme which runs from September to August each year. 

The WCMC are currently recruiting two Government Kickstart placements for graduates. Deadline: 19th October 2021.

Click the link to apply: Job Details (valeofglamorgan.gov.uk)


If you would like us to keep your details on record for opportunities please use the contact form below. All details are deleted on the 1st of January in our GDPR compliant process. 

External opportunities 

When opportunities to work within the public sector become available, they will be published here. So, make sure you come back and check!  

Are you currently undertaking a PhD and considering a paid placement?

The Welsh Government are offering 2 paid opportunities specifically designed to build an understanding of day-to-day activities within a government department and of the wider Civil Service. 


To find out more about these opportunities see the links below:


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Thank You to our Past Placements


Nick Richards

Undergraduate Assistant Coastal Scientist 2019-20

Nick volunteered at the WCMC and paved the way for our undergraduate scheme. Nick assessed our coastline and mapped all nature designations used for survey assents access until 2025. Nick also catalogued our 'inherited' historic data.

Myah Horsford WCMC Assistant Coastal Process Scientist

Myah Horsford

Undergraduate Assistant Coastal Process Scientist 2020-21

Myah was our first full time undergraduate placement. Starting in September 2020, Myah organised our control network and historic data records. Myah enjoyed developing our schools programme.