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Estimating extreme water levels in Torres Strait


Harper, BA and Mason, LB and Hanslow, DJ and Rainbird, J, Estimating extreme water levels in Torres Strait, Proceedings of the 20th Australasian Coastal and Ocean Engineering Conference and the 13th Australasian Port and Harbour Conference, 28-30 Sept 2011, Barton, ACT, Australia, pp. 289-303. ISBN 9780858258860 (2011) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]


The Torres Strait, located between Queensland and Papua New Guinea, is a remote region having significant complexity and diversity of geophysical parameters, low levels of reliable insitu information and with a widespread community vulnerable to the impacts of the sea. There have been many individual studies over time into various aspects of the geomorphology, oceanography, tides and meteorology of the region, but none have previously addressed the quantification of the extreme ocean water levels that can possibly occur. This paper describes a recent study that has provided this essential information, which can now be used to perform detailed community vulnerability mapping and risk assessments as well as forming a rational basis for adaptation planning for climate change and for assisting in the design of emergency services. The study has also significantly improved knowledge of the land-sea elevation datum across the various island communities and provides estimates of the community risks from extreme winds.

Item Details

Item Type:Non Refereed Conference Paper
Research Division:Engineering
Research Group:Maritime engineering
Research Field:Maritime engineering not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Other environmental management
Objective Field:Other environmental management not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Mason, LB (Mr Luciano Mason)
ID Code:81868
Year Published:2011
Deposited By:NC Maritime Engineering and Hydrodynamics
Deposited On:2013-01-10
Last Modified:2013-01-10

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