Nick Gray, coastal engineer with the Environment Agency, collected the models from Dr Heidi Burgess, Senior Lecturer in the university’s College of Life, Health and Physical Sciences.
Nick commissioned the printouts for the Visitors Centre at Pagham. They show the seafront before realignment and after.
The Medmerry nature reserve is one of the south coast’s most vulnerable areas to flooding from the sea. The managed realignment, completed in 2013 at a cost of £28m, is the largest open-coast scheme in Europe and is one of the most sustainable projects the Environment Agency has ever delivered.
It provides 1000 times better flood protection than the previous defence system and has delivered extensive new intertidal and freshwater habitat, compensating for losses elsewhere in the region caused by coastal squeeze.