Beachrock is a hard sedimentary formation consisting of beach sediments which have been lithified through the precipitation of carbonate cements. They commonly crop out on the modern beach and point to the complex interaction of groundwater and seawater at the shoreline. Read More

Higher Tides

Recently the NSW media was, well, awash with news articles on the high tides being experienced along the NSW coast. What caused the higher tides and how do they compare with historic tide levels? Read More

Keeping the Murray Mouth open

Maintaining an open mouth of the Murray River in South Australia was a key objective of the Murray Darling Basin Plan (MDBP). The Basin Plan was established by the Australian Government to address the chronic over-allocation of water for irrigation and other purposes. One aim of the MDBP was to recover more water for the environment including sufficient water to maintain an open mouth without the need for dredging most of the time. Following a review of the MDBP by the Wentworth Group it appears that this objective will not be meet. Read More

The National Construction Code and coastal planning

Over many years ACS and other organisations have been involved in discussions on ways the Australian Government could have a sustained role in coastal management. In this joint blog with John Hudson we look at what lessons the management of the Australian national construction code may have for intergovernmental collaboration on the critical issues of coastal planning and climate change. Read More

Geomorphic evolution of Coorong, Lower Lakes and Murray Mouth

Last week, Celine Steinfeld from the Wentworth Group and I had the pleasure of a field trip to the Coorong, Lower Lakes and Murray Mouth (CLLMM) with two eminent coastal geomorphologists, Bob Bourman and Nick Harvey. They were able to show us many sites to illustrate the Late Quaternary evolution of the area and the dynamics of the river mouth. Read More

Queensland Coastal Conference 2017 - Ten years in the making

Cast you mind back ten years to the year 2007. I was a young Master’s student doing my research on the carrying capacity and usage of Gold Coast beaches. A newbie at the Griffith Centre for Coastal Management, I was given the opportunity to attend and present at the inaugural Queensland Coastal Conference in Bundaberg. Excited, myself and a few colleagues decided to road trip it up to the home of Queensland rum. Read More