CCRES Tools


Marine Planning

Coastal Protection

El Nido from the air Photo: Google Earth

WHAT IS THIS TOOL?

Coastal Protection is a web-based tool that allows users to identify which coral reefs protect shorelines from coastal erosion and assess which reefs best protect key coastal infrastructure and communities to help guide management decisions.


WHAT DOES IT DO?

The tool enables users to model the ability of coral reefs to protect shorelines and assess which reefs provide the greatest benefits to protecting key coastal infrastructure. Some coral reefs act as coastal breakwaters, reducing the wave energy reaching shore that might cause beach erosion. However, reefs vary a great deal in their ability to provide this function, partly because of their geography but also depending on the ambient wave and wind conditions.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

It works through an easy-to-use web-based interface. Users apply the model to coral reefs visible on Google Earth or another GIS system. Using simple measuring tools, such as the width of different reef zones, users will methodically assess which reefs provide the greatest coastal protection.

WHEN IS IT USED?

It is used to identify the most important reefs for coastal protection and resilience (as part of MSP), and as part of planning for climate change adaptation and conservation.

WHO CAN USE IT?

  • Government planners undertaking MSP
  • NGOs involved in MSP or conservation planning
  • Scientists planning for climate change adaptation or interested in coastal resilience

AND THE TRAINING?

The training includes basic information on coastal wave dynamics so users can interact with the model meaningfully. They will then learn how to apply the model to coral reefs visible on Google Earth or another GIS system and assess which reefs provide the greatest coastal protection.


Duration: 0.5 day 

Prerequisites: Background in coastal processes would be useful

For more information contact Prof Tom Baldock, The University of Queensland