Rob Brander

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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.

Professor Rob Brander

A new collection of coastal research fieldwork stories reveals the exciting – and sometimes life-threatening – tales behind the science.

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COVID-19 is changing the dynamics of people swimming at beaches around the world, potentially making it more unsafe.

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50% of surveyed NSW coastal users don’t think that sea level rise will impact them, a report into the NSW community’s views on coastal hazards shows.

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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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TV show Bondi Rescue performs a valuable role in teaching the world about the dangers of rip currents and the importance of swimming between the flags, a global survey by UNSW researchers shows.

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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.

Surfing

A global, online survey has been launched to see whether surfers are the unsung “guardians” of the beach, rescuing people who might otherwise have drowned.

Eureka space

Research suggesting the laws of physics may vary across the cosmos, science that helps save lives in the surf, and technology to boost the extraction of hydrocarbon have won UNSW researchers three top Eureka Prizes.