Australian Coastal Sediment Compartment Project

21 February 2018

Photo of Twofold Bay, Eden

The Australian Coastal (Sediment) Compartment Project (ACCP) project has its origins back in 1974 when Professor Jack Davies devised the first 'compartmentilisation' of the entire Australian coast based on conceptual regional sediment budgets.

Since then the need to have a better and more detailed understanding of the coast has seen the development of an Australia-wide beach database (the 12000 beaches and 2500 barriers), together with a series of case studies aimed at documenting the actual sources, rates and direction of coastal sediment transport and in particular whether the sediment budget is positive, leading to shoreline accretion, stable, or negative, leading to shoreline recession.

This information is critical at a local scale if we are to effectively manage and  prepare the coast for future climate-induced changes. This talk with start with Davies, then briefly trace the development of the database and case studies, and finally focus on the ACCP and how it is being applied at levels from the national down to the local.

Professor Andrew D. Short OAM is a marine scientist specialising in coastal processes and beach dynamics He is Honorary Professor, School of Geosciences, University of Sydney; and Honorary Professorial Fellow, School of Earth & Environmental Sciences, University of Wollongong and a Member, NSW Coastal Panel and ACCP expert panel.

This talk is presented as part of the Wednesday Seminar Series.

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Date: 21 February 2018
Time: 11am -12pm
Location: Sir Harold Raggatt Theatre, Geoscience Australia
Cost/bookings: Free, No bookings required
Audience: General
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