Dr Roger Shand

Surf zone, beach, foredune, cliff and inlet investigations


Dr Shand’s Bachelor of Science Degree majored in both mathematics and physical geography, and his PhD was on coastal processes along the New Zealand west coast. This reseach involved the development of imaging technology to depict and define beach, surf zone and river-mouth processes; approaches now used by many other researchers.


His early career work included Soil Conservator with the Taranaki Regional Council where he prepared catchment control schemes, and Water and Soil Investigating Officer with the Department of Conservation where he prepared impact reports for the department’s environmental advocacy programme.


In 2000, Dr Shand received the Hatherton Award for published research in the fields of natural science, mathematics and computing, and was granted a Fellowship with the Foundation of Research and Technology (FRST).


He has been engaged by Coastal Systems Ltd as a coastal practitioner and researcher since 2004 and has carried out a range of coastal investigations including wave and wind erosion hazard assessments, inundation assessments, and the impact of artificial structures within beach, inlet and foredune environments.   A selection of CSL reports are listed on the “Our Services” page.

Selected coastal science publications

  • Shand, R.D., 1990. The subaqueous morphology at the entrance to a jetty controlled river mouth on a moderate to high energy littoral drift dominated coast: Wanganui, New Zealand 1981-1987. Research project: Post-graduate Diploma in Science, Massey University, New Zealand, 102p.
  • Bailey, D.G., and Shand, R.D., 1993. Determining large-scale sand-bar evolution. Proceedings of the 1st New Zealand Conference on Image and Vision Computing, pp. 109-116.
  • Bailey, D.G., and Shand, R.D., 1994. Determining wave run-up using automated video analysis. Proceedings of the 2nd New Zealand Conference on Image and Vision Computing, pp. 2.11.1 – 2.11.8.
  • Shand, R.D., and Bailey, D.G., 1995. Videographic acquisition of surf zone data: a summary of present techniques and future possibilities. School of Global Studies, Massey University, New Zealand, Miscellaneous Publication Series 95/4, 38p.
  • Bailey, D.G., and Shand, R.D., 1996. Determining large-scale sand-bar behaviour. Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Image Processing, Lausanne, Switzerland, (2), 637-640.
  • Bailey, D.G., and Shand, R.D., 1997. Data fusion issues in analysing coastal morphodynamic systems. Proceedings of the 1st joint Australian and New Zealand Conference on Digital Image and Vision Computing: Techniques and Applications, New Zealand, pp. 107-112.
  • Shand, R.D., and Bailey, D.G., 1999. A review of net offshore bar migration with photographic illustrations from Wanganui, New Zealand, Journal of Coastal Research, 15(2), 365-378.
  • Shand, R.D., Bailey, D. and Shepherd, M., 1999. Characteristics of bar switching on the Wanganui Coast. New Zealand Geographical Society Conference, July 8, Massey University, Palmerston North, NZ.
  • Shand, R.D., Bailey, D.G. Shepherd, M.J., 1999. An inter-site comparison of net offshore bar migration characteristics and environmental conditions. Journal of Coastal Research, 15 (3), 750-765.
  • Shand, R.D.; Bailey, D.G., and Shepherd, M.J., 2000. Morphological investigations along the Wanganui coast: 1990 – 1998. A report prepared for the Wanganui District Council and Wanganui Port Company, School of Global Studies, Massey University, New Zealand, Miscellaneous Publication Series, 00/1, 141p.
  • Shand, R.D., Bailey, D.G. Shepherd, M.J., 2001. Longshore realignment of nearshore parallel sand-bars at Wanganui, New Zealand. Marine Geology 179 147-161.
  • Shand, R.D., 2002, Temporal variation in morphological configuration within a multi-bar surf zone at Wanganui, New Zealand. School of People, Environment and Planning, Massey University, New Zealand, Occasional Paper 2002/4, 41p.
  • Shand, R.D., 2003. Relationships between episodes of bar switching, cross-shore bar migration and outer bar degeneration at Wanganui, New Zealand. Journal of Coastal Research, 19(1), 157-170.
  • Shand, R.D.; Hesp, P.A., Bailey, D.G., and Shepherd, M.J., 2003. A conceptual beach-state model for the inner bar of a storm-dominate, low to moderate tidal range coast at Wanganui, New Zealand. Proceedings of Coastal Sediments 2003.
  • Shand, R.D., Hesp, P.A., and Shepherd, M, J., 2004. Beach cut in relation to net offshore bar migration. International Coastal Symposium 2004, Brazil.
  • Shand, R.D., 2004. Rip-associated bathing hazards on beaches characterised by net offshore bar migration. School of People, Environment and Planning, Massey University, New Zealand, Occasional Paper 2004/1, 19p.
  • Shand, R.D., 2004. Process-based approach needed to dune and beach management. New Zealand Local Government, 40 (11), 20-21.
  • Shand, T. D.; Shand, T.D.; Bailey, D.G. and Connon, A. 2005. Wave Deformation in the Vicinity of a Long Ocean Outfall at Wanganui, New Zealand. COASTS AND PORTS: Australasian Conference, Adelaide, 20-23 September, 2005.
  • Shand, R.D., 2007. Bar splitting: system attributes and sediment budget implications for a net offshore migrating bar system. (International Coastal Symposium 2007, Brisbane, April 2007). Journal of Coastal Research, Special Issue 50.
  • Shand, T.D; Reinen-Hamill, R. A; Shand, R.D., and Viljoen. W. 2007. Empirical modelling of run-up and overtopping at a boulder beach, Raglan, New Zealand. Proceedings of the Coasts and Ports Conference, Melbourne, Austrailia.
  • Shand, R.D., and Manning, M., 2010. New approaches in sea-level research. Coastal News Magazine (Newsletter of New Zealand Coastal Society), Issue 45, 1-4.
  • Shand, R. D.; Shand, T.D.; McComb, P.J., and Johnson, D.L., 2011. Evaluation of empirical predictors of extreme run-up using field data. 20th Australasian Coastal and Ocean Engineering Conference. Perth, Australia. 6p.
  • Shand, T. D.; Bailey, D.G., and Shand, R.D., 2012. Automated detection of breaking wave height using an optical technique. Journal of Coastal Research, 28(3), 671-682.