First order assessment of the risk of estuaries to climate change in the east coast NRM cluster


First order assessments are broad in spatial scale and utilize readily available datasets.
Ideal spatial datasets for first order assessments of estuary vulnerability to geomorphic change are bedrock geology, unlithified Quaternary geology and digital elevation models. These datasets can be used to describe the exposure and sensitivity of estuarine landforms to climate drivers and the adaptive capacity of estuarine landforms to climate drivers.

Within GIS, readily available spatial datasets were applied within the integrated framework to describe the vulnerability of estuaries to climate change. The primary datasets used were coastal bedrock geology, coastal Quaternary geology, and digital elevation models (DEMs).

Datasets were used qualitatively to develop vulnerability indices indicating vulnerability of estuarine landforms to marine erosion and inundation, and fluvial erosion and inundation. In combination these indices were combined as an overall index of vulnerability to climate change.


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Case Study
060205 - Marine and Estuarine Ecology (incl. Marine Ichthyology)
Geographic and Temporal Extents
Hunter, Burnett Mary, South East Queensland, Greater Sydney, Fitzroy, Northern Coast
Central Mackay Coast, South Eastern Highlands, Sydney Basin, South Eastern Queensland, NSW North Coast, Brigalow Belt North, Brigalow Belt South
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The University of Wollongong, The University of Queensland
Kerrylee Rogers, Colin Woodroffe, Cath Lovelock
Kerrylee Rogers, Colin Woodroffe and Cath Lovelock (2014) First order assessment of the risk of estuaries to climate change in the east coast NRM cluster, University of Woolongong and Global Change Institute, The University of Queensland.
Kerrylee Rogers, Kerrylee@uow.edu.au
2015/06/10