The RASSE project is now complete and the results are now
available for view. You can access a series of reports including a final report,
and abbreviated summaries, together with images and maps relating to
the individual test sites by following the appropriate links.
Short introductions to each of the test sites are provided below,
with a link to further background information about the sites, the studies
ongoing on each site.
Test Site – Stirling Castle
The Stirling Castle (lost in a storm in 1703) is located on the
Goodwin Sands, a series of banks off the East Kent coast that dry
at low water and change shape on a seasonal and apparently rotational
Above: A representation of the Stirling Castle site,
based on the 2005 survey results. The wreck is located on the mound
in the centre of the model, which you can rotate by moving your
mouse over the image. (You may need to click on the picture to
activate the controls for this movie).
Test Site - Artificial site, Plymouth Sound
In 2005, artificial targets were placed in a low spring tide water depth
of c.6-9m on a flattish seabed in a sheltered location
within Plymouth Sound (the area already has an artificial target,
a 5m long boat, in place). This control site is allowing comparisons
to be made between methods.
Above: A multibeam image of an object taken
on the test site. Move your mouse over the image to reveal the object! (You
may need to click on the picture to activate the controls for this movie).
Test Site – Hastings Shingle Bank
Hastings Shingle Bank is an area where aggregate extraction already
takes place, and where more extraction is planned for the future.
The RASSE project has identified a test site within the Hastings Shingle
Bank Licence Area located approximately 15km south of Hastings.