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Monitoring Coastline Erosion Risk

Project members Dr. David Kennedy and PhD candidate Nicolas Pucino are interviewed by the Cosmos Magazine.

Image Courtesy: David Kennedy

There’s no better picture of the Australian summer than people flocking to the beach to cool off. Aside from getting us through 40-degree heatwaves, beaches play an important role in buffering storms and protecting the land from the sea.

However, it is estimated that around 50% of the world’s beaches could be lost due to severe erosion by the end of the century. Understanding these changes is a difficult task for coastal managers, and methods for measuring beaches takes significant time and resources.

Citizen Science Coastal Monitoring project gathered community volunteers (citizen scientists), university (University of Melbourne and Deakin University), industry (Propellor Aerobotics) and government (Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning) together to monitor the erosion of the Victorian coasts in an easier and efficient way, under the Victorian Coastal Monitoring Program.

To read the full interview, click here

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