PhD opportunities in the Victorian Coastal Monitoring Project.

These PhD places are now closed. Along the shorelines of South-eastern Australia, there is concern that a lack of sediment supply, rising sea level and climate change will impact sediment circulation patterns, leading to the destabilization of nearshore-beach-dune systems through erosion, overwash, and backshore transgression. We aim to explore the fundamental interconnectedness that drives shoreline…

Australian Research Council Success

David Kennedy, Ruth Reef, Vanessa Wong, Tom Spencer,  Iris Moeller, Susan Brooks were successful in the latest round of the Australian Research Council discovery program. The role of vegetated foreshores in stabilising Australia’s shorelines. The project aims to improve Australia’s capacity to predict shoreline position of estuarine saltmarsh with sea level rise, identify the role…

In Press: Commentary on Rocky Coast Research

The spatial and temporal timescales of rocky coast research has been integrated in a new commentary: Kennedy, D. M., Coombes, M. A., and Mottershead, D. N. (2017) The temporal and spatial scales of rocky coast geomorphology: A Commentary. Earth Surf. Process. Landforms, doi: 10.1002/esp.4150. The authors David Kennedy, Martin Coombes and Derek Mottershead identified a…

Congratulations Dr Sarah McSweeney

Sarah McSweeney graduated on Friday with a PhD in Geography from Melbourne University. Her thesis examined Intermittently Closed and Open Lakes and Lagoons (ICOLL’s) throughout the world using Victoria as a case study – looking to understand the driving mechanisms that contribute to their opening and closing. The management of many estuaries in Australia is centred around…

In Press: Rocky Coast Hazard Index.

Just out in the journal Natural Hazards is the latest research into quantifying the dangers of rocky coasts. Here David Kennedy, Daniel Ierodiaconou, Adam Weir & Barbara Brighton have developed a method to calculate wave hazards on shore platforms. This index is a first in rocky coast hazard research. It utilises fundamental landscape characteristics such as platform elevation,…

ANZGG Conference in Greytown, New Zealand

Congratulations to  Hanna Kowalczyk who won the best talk at the 17th Biennial Australian and New Zealand Geomorphology Group Conference in Greytown, New Zealand. Her talk entitled: Wave transformation at a rock platform in Victoria, Australia – A study combining field measurements with numerical modelling took out the top prize, whilst Tom Savige was the…

In press: UAV monitoring of storm impact

In press is the latest research by David Kennedy, Dan Ierodiaconou and Alex Schimel on the use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicle’s to monitor coastal storm events. UAV’s were deployed before and after a storm event. Onshore erosion and offshore deposition of sand can be easily identified using the UAV. This technology is definitely a leap forward in understanding and…