World-leading coastal management research and advisory services

We provide research expertise, industry influence and sustainable management practice throughout Australasia. Our unique skill set, enhanced by our long-term collaboration with the City of Gold Coast, places the Centre as a world leader in coastal management. University-led research outcomes provide an assurance of independent advice, making our consultancy services an attractive option for agencies across the globe. If you’d like to work with us, please get in touch.

Capability Statement

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Collaborative projects

Below are just some examples of our wide-ranging partnerships and collaborations with ongoing positive impacts.

SmartRelease

Partnering with AllConnex Water and DHI Water and Environment, the Griffith Centre for Coastal Management delivered its SmartRelease research project to ensure sustainable and improved management of recycled water release on the Gold Coast. This success saved ratepayers an exorbitant amount of money by deferring the $60 million duplication of the release pipeline. Research outcomes of the Centre have been applauded by Engineers Australia Queensland and the state branch of the Australian Water Association.

Storm modelling

We have modelled some of Queensland’s most comprehensive natural disaster-avoidance programs. Through the State Government’s $1.4 million Smart State Research—Industry Partnership Fund, the centre researched, mapped and successfully predicted where extreme storm events and sea-level rises were likely. Further funds from the Queensland Department of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation directed the Centre to undertake research on storm-surge modelling, which improved emergency management decision making during extreme tropical cyclone storm tide events.

Climate change adaptation

With funding from the National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility, we orchestrated change management processes within Surf Life Saving Australia that enabled the national body to better adapt to future climate change. Further funding through the lead research agency of the Federal Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency, saw effective research into the economic importance of beach and surf recreation, and its close alignment with the tourism industry. Investigation into how key stakeholders and user groups are able to maintain these natural assets and respond to projected climate change scenarios were imperatives of the project. This operational template equated the annual social and economic value of Gold Coast beaches in the vicinity of $365 million.

Community engagement initiatives

We run a number of community engagement initiatives in partnership with City of Gold Coast. Our CoastEd program is perfect for schools looking to inspire young environmental scientists and engineers. Our DuneWatch program provides Gold Coast communities active, voluntary survey and assessment work as part of a global citizen science initiative. Those looking to make a hands-on difference are also encouraged to join our BeachCare team, who run a consistent program of planting native dune species, weed removal, litter collection and auditing across the city’s coastal environment.

Major partners

  • City of Gold Coast
  • Gold Coast Water & Waste
  • NSW Department of Industry
  • Gold Coast Waterways Authority
  • SPEL Environmental
  • International Coastal Management Pty Ltd
  • Healthy Land Water
  • Sunshine Coast Regional Council
  • University of Queensland
  • University of Newcastle
  • Noosa Shire Council

Griffith affiliations

  • School of Engineering and Built Environment
  • School of Environment and Science
  • Cities Research Institute
  • Griffith Climate Change Response Program

International affiliations

  • Deltares, Netherlands
  • Delft University of Technology, Netherlands
  • University of Bordeaux, France
  • University of Toulon, France
  • Federal University of Santa Catarina, Brazil
  • Norwegian University of Technology
  • Aalborg University, Denmark
  • Cranfield University, UK
  • The Coordinated Ocean Wave Climate Project (COWCLIP)

Community affiliations

  • Friends of Currumbin
  • Friends of Rainbow Bay
  • Gold Coast Catchment Association
  • Keep Australia Beautiful Queensland
  • Landcare Queensland
  • Surfrider Australia

Committees & Memberships

  • Gold Coast Waterways Authority Board
  • Gold Coast Waterways Authority Scientific & Innovation Advisory Committee
  • Australian Coastal Society
  • QCoast2100 Expert Panel
  • Queensland Coastal Conference Organising Committee
  • World Surfing Reserve (WSR) Local Stewardship Committee (LSC)
  • International Conference of Coastal Engineering (ICCE 2020) Local Organising Committee
  • International Sea Turtle Society
  • Australian Marine Sciences Association
  • Australian Association of Environmental Education (Qld Chapter)
  • Australian Citizen Science Association
  • Australian Climate Change Adaptation Research Network for Settlements and Infrastructure Management Committee & Network Advisory Committee
  • Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society (AMOS)
  • Gold Coast Catchment Association Committee

More information

If you would like to know more about our centre, get in touch