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Four decades of coastline monitoring at Narrabeen Beach, Sydney, Australia

Ian TurnerSpeaker

Professor Ian Turner


Tuesday 20 October 2015 at 5.15pm


Room 3.15, Chancellors' Building, University of Bath (Location and maps)


Since April 1976, Narrabeen Beach, located along Sydney's northern beaches, has been continuously monitored, making it one of the longest unbroken records of coastline variability and change worldwide. In the past 10 years, the range of technologies available to continue and extend this monitoring program have expanded rapidly. The range of research applications resulting from this 40 year dataset is diverse. Following a brief overview of UNSW/WRL and links to various collaborations past and present with Dr Chris Blenkinsopp of the University of Bath, Professor Ian Turner will present an overview of the current monitoring program that his team are continuing at Narrabeen. He will provide an overview of recent use of these data to better understand the drivers of present and future coastline dynamics.


Ian Turner is Professor of Coastal Engineering and Director of the Water Research Laboratory, School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, UNSW Australia. He is currently a Visiting Professor in the School of Marine Science and Engineering at Plymouth University, where he has visited and worked many times during the past 10 years. Ian is a member of the Engineers Australia 'National Committee for Coastal and Ocean Engineering' and currently sits on the 'Science Advisory Committee' for the Sydney Institute for Marine Science. Ian was recently appointed Chair of the 2020 International Conference on Coastal Engineering to be held in Sydney.


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