The Australian coastline requires modern and integrated coastal management systems to ensure economic, social, environmental and population pressures are managed in a coherent and coordinated way.
Utilising modern mapping techniques, a solid baseline can be safely mapped to identify future change and allow local and state governments the ability to react quickly to ensure the safety of all that use the coastline.
The Australian coastline requires modern and integrated coastal management systems to ensure economic, social, environmental and population pressures are managed in a coherent and coordinated way. Government can drive policy to allow investment in comprehensive accurate data sets whilst leveraging more sophisticated analysis techniques to deliver better decisions and business intelligence for the coastal zone.
As seen in recent storms affecting the many Australian states’ coastlines, coastal communities must understand and adapt to the stronger waves, winds and surges impacting the coastal environment. The first step in this understanding is the identification of risks to coastal populations and infrastructure. To help with this, remote sensing technology can be used to compile accurate, comprehensive baseline datasets across the coastline to better understand this dynamic environment.
In 2018, Fugro helped the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage survey the entire NSW coastline, covering 48 sediment compartments utilising airborne lidar bathymetry technology to survey coastline to water depths of 30 metres. The survey objectives were to provide fundamental data to support the implementation of the coastal management reforms to deliver high resolution sea bed datasets for the NSW coast that will enable better decision workflows for planning and management of coastal infrastructure and natural environments.
In 2019, Fugro conducted a combined lidar bathymetric and satellite derived bathymetric survey of the shallow nearshore waters of the City of Gold Coast. This combined approach allows local governments to conduct a thorough baseline for change, identifying large areas of change in the nearshore water ways, to track changes that occur without any physical affects placed onto these environments.
This presentation will review the technology and processes used to capture a seamless datasets of coastal assets and adjoining sediment compartments to enable suitable coastal zone modelling.
Time & room
3.45 pm–4.00 pm in City Room 2
Mr Luke Chamberlain
Fugro Australia Marine
Date & venue
Friday, 25 October 2019 at the Adelaide Convention Centre