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Beaches - our asset : planning and management for natural variability on open coastlines

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conference contribution
posted on 2017-12-06, 00:00 authored by R Tomlinson
The beach is vital to Australia’s economy and cultural life. As a natural system, the beach can vary in width due to a range of natural and man-made influences. An understanding of the causes of beach erosion is essential. In particular, an assessment of the likely future in terms of coastline stability will require an understanding of what constitutes a major storm or a healthy beach, and what level of variability can we expect in coastal processes. Without this understanding it is difficult to put the postulated long-term changes due to climate change and sea level into perspective. On the world scene beach erosion has become a major issue for community debate and concern. However, many in the community have a perception that the beach should or does remain constant. Others, are aware of variability, but have not been exposed to the extremes of variability. The management of our beaches is clearly an issue in which the community at large has a vested interest. The perception of what beach erosion is within the community is an important factor in the development of effective management strategies. This lecture deals with the current state of the beach worldwide, with particular reference to historical and current beach erosion problems in the South East Queensland – Northern New South Wales region. The various causes of natural variability and man-made influences on beaches are discussed using case studies as examples of how the cause of an erosion problem can be clarified by placing the current condition into a spatial and temporal context over short and medium terms.


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Beach protection : risk and management : proceedings of the public workshop, Yeppoon 2002

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Yeppoon, Qld.


Central Queensland University Press

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Rockhampton Qld.

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Griffith Centre for Coastal Management;

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Beach protection : risk and management. Workshop

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