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Natural hazards in Australia: sea level and coastal extremes


McInnes, KL and White, CJ and Haigh, ID and Hemer, MA and Hoeke, RK and Holbrook, NJ and Kiem, AS and Oliver, ECJ and Ranasinghe, R and Walsh, KJE and Westra, S and Cox, R, Natural hazards in Australia: sea level and coastal extremes, Climatic Change, 139, (1) pp. 69-83. ISSN 0165-0009 (2016) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1007/s10584-016-1647-8


The Australian coastal zone encompasses tropical, sub- and extra-tropical climates and accommodates about 80 % of Australia’s population. Sea level extremes and their physical impacts in the coastal zone arise from a complex set of atmospheric, oceanic and terrestrial processes that interact on a range of spatial and temporal scales and will be modified by a changing climate, including sea level rise. This review details significant progress over recent years in understanding the causes of past and projections of future changes in sea level and coastal extremes, yet a number of research questions, knowledge gaps and challenges remain. These include efforts to improve knowledge on past sea level extremes, integrate a wider range of processes in projections of future changes to sea level extremes, and focus efforts on understanding long-term coastline response from the combination of contributing factors.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:sea level rise, coastal extremes, natural hazards, Australia, climate change, climate variability, storm surge
Research Division:Earth Sciences
Research Group:Physical geography and environmental geoscience
Research Field:Natural hazards
Objective Division:Environmental Policy, Climate Change and Natural Hazards
Objective Group:Understanding climate change
Objective Field:Effects of climate change on Australia (excl. social impacts)
UTAS Author:White, CJ (Dr Chris White)
UTAS Author:Holbrook, NJ (Professor Neil Holbrook)
UTAS Author:Oliver, ECJ (Dr Eric Oliver)
ID Code:107860
Year Published:2016
Web of Science® Times Cited:53
Deposited By:Engineering
Deposited On:2016-03-30
Last Modified:2019-07-29

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