beaches

A surfer waits for a wave at sunset or sunrise

UNSW scientists will be assessing the role surfers play in rescuing swimmers in distress as well as their broader contribution to society in a world-first, global survey.

Plastic rubbish on the beach

Ten years of citizen science data has informed a UNSW study which found plastic dominates the rubbish found on Australian beaches.

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UNSW scientists are encouraging people who have been rescued from the water by a bystander, or who have helped save the life of someone else in trouble, to take part in a citizen lifesaver survey.

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Nine out of 10 coastal tourist parks in NSW are located adjacent to hazardous beaches, and about a third of these beaches are unpatrolled, a UNSW study shows.

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Dr Rob Brander discusses how to spot and avoid rips at beaches.

Beach inside

Researchers are creating the first global tool to forecast how changes in wave patterns and rising sea levels will affect beach erosion.