Modelling and management of Gold Coast estuaries and canals.

This research theme currently focuses on monitoring and modelling hydrodynamics, sediment movement and water quality in support of effective management of Gold Coast estuaries.

CURRUMBIN CREEK ENTRANCE RESEARCH PROGRAM

The aim of this program is to develop a sustainable long-term channel maintenance strategy for the lower reaches of Currumbin Creek that addresses constraints on the natural characteristics of the estuary and adjacent beaches, and on recreational usage of the entrance. Griffith Centre for Coastal Management Director Professor Rodger Tomlinson is a member of the steering committee that oversees the maintenance of the dredging program for the estuary.

MINIATURISED TIDE GAUGE NETWORK FOR THE GOLD COAST BROADWATER

Effective management of complex and dynamic waterways is considerably improved by strategic data collection and the use of this data to enhance understanding. On the Gold Coast, the network of waterways is large and complex and the first stage of a strategic data collection program has been developed and implemented, involving the deployment of miniaturised tide gauges at nine key locations in the Broadwater.

This project has been a partnership with the Gold Coast Waterways Authority, the Queensland Department of Science, Information Technology and Innovation and International Coastal Management Pty Ltd. The Griffith University Research group have developed data handling and visualisation platforms and Centre researchers will be working on analysing the data streams into the future.

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