A New Paper about Predicting Compartment-scale Climate Change Impacts!

A new paper is just published in the Journal of Coastal Research. The paper is entitled: "Predicting Compartment-scale Climate Change Impacts Related to Southern Ocean Wave Forcing: Port Fairy, Victoria, Australia".

Leach et al., 2020


On the southern coast of Australia one of the principle impacts of climate change will be a change in wave magnitude and direction resulting from intensification of the Southern Ocean storm systems. In Victoria, Australia, this is likely to cause significant change in sediment dynamics and possible shoreline re-orientation. In this paper, Port Fairy (western coast of Victoria) is used as a case study to explore the sensitivity of this embayment to changing wave climate conditions. Bed level change rates and spatially variable sediment transport rates are investigated. The results indicate that a southerly shift in the wave climate could intensify sediment transport processes and erosional patterns in this area.


Funding for this project was provided by the Victorian Coastal Monitoring Program through the Department of Environment Land Water and Planning, Deakin University and The University of Melbourne.


This publication is lead by Chloe Leach (The University of Melbourne Parkville, Victoria, Australia), and our DU Marine Mapping Group members Rafael C. Carvalho and Daniel Ierodiaconou contributed to the publication. Congrats Rafael and Dan!

To read the full article, click here.

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