Abstract

The National Classification of Coastal Sediment Compartments captures information on the spatial extent of all sediment compartments on the Australian coast. The classification implements a conceptual framework that supports regional and site-specific coastal management and can guide the selection of approaches to modelling shoreline response. The classification is based on the sediment systems and the geomorphologic processes that operate therein. This information is fundamental for predicting how the shoreline responds to the processes that act on it, both in the current and future climate. These include changes in waves and currents associated with sea-level rise and the placement of coastal infrastructure, e.g. sea walls and ports. The classification is provided as two maps depicting primary and secondary sediment compartments, defined by polygons intersecting the coastline. The classification is hierarchical, such that secondary compartments fall within the extent of the primary compartments. Compartment extents, as identified by a panel of independent coastal science experts, were based on geology, geomorphology, topography and shoreline aspect. Primary compartment borders occur where these features were identified at scales between 1:250 000 and 1:100 000. Secondary compartment borders occur where these features were identified at scales less than 1:100 000 The seaward and landward boundaries of the compartments were defined by the offshore bathymetric depth and the onshore topographic elevation, respectively as follows: -130 m and +50 m elevation values for primary compartments, and -50 m and +25 m elevation values for secondary compartments. This product is the result of a collaboration between Geoscience Australia and the Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Climate Change, Technology and Tertiary Education. The spatial data shown in the maps, along with a detailed report and spatial data for the remaining broader scale compartments, will be available via web delivery in late 2013 through the Geoscience Australia website (www.ga.gov.au).
Google map showing geographic bounding box with values North bound -9.0 East bound 158.0 West bound 113.0 South bound -44.0
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Product Type/Sub Type

dataset - Thematic Map - Geoscience

Constraints

license
Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia Licence

IP Owner

Commonwealth of Australia (Geoscience Australia)

Author(s)

Date (publication)

2013

Product Type

dataset

Topic Category

geoscientificInformation

Keywords

Thematic Map
Geoscience
Earth Sciences

Resource Language

English

Resource Character Set

utf8

Resource Security Classification

unclassified

Geographic Extent

North bound
-9.0
East bound
158.0
West bound
113.0
South bound
-44.0

Lineage

Unknown

Digital Transfer Options

onLine

DISTRIBUTION Format

pdf

Distributor

Role
distributor
Organisation Name
Geoscience Australia
City
Canberra
Administrative Area
ACT
Postal Code
2601
Country
Australia
Email Address

Metadata File Identifier

df68c772-392e-4eb9-e044-00144fdd4fa6

Metadata Standard Name

ANZLIC Metadata Profile: An Australian/New Zealand Profile of AS/NZS ISO 19115:2005, Geographic information - Metadata

Metadata Standard Version

1.1

Metadata Date Stamp

2013-06-18

METADATA SECURITY CLASSIFICATION

unclassified

Metadata Contact

Role
pointOfContact
Organisation Name
Geoscience Australia
City
Canberra
Administrative Area
ACT
Postal Code
2601
Country
Australia
Email Address
Downloads
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please contact Geoscience Australia Client Services via:

fax:
+61 2 6249 9960; or
phone:
1800 800 173 (within Australia);
 
+61 2 6249 9966 (outside Australia).

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