Mitchell Harley

Beach after storm

UNSW engineers are leveraging the popularity of Insta-famous sites to study severe weather events and improve coastal planning practices.

CoastSnap station at Manly Beach. Credit Larry Paice

An innovative community beach monitoring program, CoastSnap, is turning average citizens into coastal scientists to help predict coastline changes.

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The world’s most extensive study of the impacts of coastal storm fronts in a changing climate has found that rising seas are no longer the only threat.

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The wild storms that hammered Australia’s east coast in June demonstrated the frightening power of nature. But for a group of hardy UNSW engineers, the tempest was manna from heaven. 

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The projected upsurge of severe El Niño and La Niña events will cause an increase in storms – and extreme coastal flooding and erosion – in populated regions across the Pacific, a multi-agency study has found.