Coastal and marine research
With approximately 81% of the Australian population living within 50 km of the coast, a pattern that is not unique to Australia with approximately 44% of global population living within 150 km of the sea, there is increasing pressures on our marine and coastal resources. Climate change, and associated sea-level rise, and altered wind and wave climates will exacerbate pressures on our coastal and marine landscapes. GeoQuEST researchers are interested in the evolution of our coastal and marine resources, impacts associated with urbanisation, and the vulnerability of coastal and marine ecosystems and landscapes to climate change. Particular emphasis is directed towards understanding sedimentary and landform dynamics over a multiple scales in space and time, and a range of technqiues are applied including remote sensing, sedimentary analysis, geochronology, stable isotope analysis and field based analyses. This research theme relates directly to the University of Wollongong Global Challenges research themes of Sustaining Coastal and Marine Zone.