Collaborator: Prof. Charitha Pattiaratchi, The Oceans Institute, The University of Western Australia
Beach width, defined as the distance between dune crest and shoreline position at high tide, is an important parameter measuring the ‘health’ of a beach. Understanding how beach width changes over varying timescales is vital for future shoreline management planning; for example, planning beach nourishment or seawall construction, defining hazard setbacks, identifying ‘hot spots’ (locations of enhanced erosion) and the threat they pose to human structures and/or recreational activities.
Our research extends from the iconic Mount Lavinia Hotel to the colourful murals at Kinross with measurements happening fortnightly over the period of one year (June 2020-June 2021) allowing us to observe the complete cycle of variation throughout this period. This beach stretch is easily accessible and highly used. While it provides opportunities for the study of beach variability and the processes that drive it, it also facilitates collaborative public involvement through volunteering opportunities for ocean enthusiasts and students alike and informal teaching and awareness creation opportunities.
If you are interested in volunteering with us for one of our 3-hour slots, please look out for our next volunteer announcement!