Global warming will have dramatic consequences for most lifeforms on Earth. Coastal regions are particularly affected by global warming due to sea level rise in conjunction with extreme events such as storm surges and floods. On the other hand, the oceans gradually become warmer, which enhances the occurrence of coral bleaching events, and they operate as a sink for carbon dioxide, which leads to ocean acidification and changes in the composition and functioning of marine food webs. This makes the continued research into coasts and oceans and the improved management of marine and coastal ecosystems extremely important for society.
Members of our Coasts and Oceans cluster have specialist expertise in:
- coastal and aeolian geomorphology
- oceanography and coastal upwelling science
- seawater intrusion into coastal aquifers
- airborne research
- management of coastal and marine environments.
Our research programs are funded by various agencies including the Australian Research Council (ARC), CSIRO, Australia and Pacific Science Foundation, and US National Science Foundation (NSF). We have collaborations with a wide range of Government agencies (Federal and State Government, NRM Boards, local Councils, and NGO’s) as well as many international academic colleagues and institutions. The School of the Environment is proud supporter of the Integrated Marine Observing System (IMOS) and sponsor of the ACORN radar facility. Members of this cluster are also involved in the Second International Indian Ocean Expedition (IIOE-2).