Australasian Coasts and Ports 2017 Conference

Australasian Coasts and Ports 2017 Conference

Australasian Coasts and Ports 2017 Conference

Water Technology is pleased to have four papers accepted for the Australasian Coasts and Ports 2017 Conference in Cairns in June 2017. The Coasts and Ports Conference papers are a great representation of the theme “Working with Nature” and we look forward to presenting the findings and outcomes.

Papers accepted:

  • Variability across a Macro Tidal Estuary System in Northern Australia
    • Project Sea Dragon” is a large scale aquaculture project in northern Australia, located in the macro tidal estuarine environment of Legune Station, between the Victoria and Keep Rivers, on the southern coastline of Joseph Bonaparte Gulf in northern Australia. The project location is remote and isolated, with the nearest centre of Kununurra 100km from the site and the permanent population limited to cattle station staff with occasional visits by recreational fishermen. Whilst the offshore conditions within Joseph Bonaparte Gulf have been assessed in recent times to support offshore mining and petroleum projects, little information exists for the nearshore and intertidal regions. To establish baseline conditions for the project and understand the variability of the study area, an extensive physical data collection program was established which was coupled with detailed morphology, coastal process and water quality studies. This has provided new information on the coastal dynamics of the area, including the spatial and temporal variability of the coastal morphology and coastal processes, which are discussed in this paper.
      Australasian Coasts and Ports 2017 Conference Paper
  • Predicting the Surface Currents of Guanabara Bay for the Rio Olympics
    • Collaborating with the Australian Sailing Team has seen the collection of current profiles and water levels within the Bay to establish calibration points and allow model refinement to allow surface currents to be modelled with confidence and allow sailors to reliably predict the race conditions.
      Background article and Waterlines Spring 2016
  • Monitoring Estuary Conditions in Glenelg River Estuary for Environmental Flows
    • The Glenelg River estuary is the longest in Victoria, extending up to 75 km from its mouth near Nelson to just below Dartmoor. It has high natural, social and landscape values as recognised by its listing as a Heritage Tiver under the Heritage Rivers Act 1992, and as a wetland of national significance by Environment Australia.  The estuary and adjacent coastal wetlands are also currently being investigated for nomination as a Ramsar site.
      Australasian Coasts and Ports 2017 Conference Paper
  • Design of an Innovative Boat Ramp to Improve the Safety of Boat Launching and Retrieval
    • The boat ramp in Warrnambool Harbour is subject to a combination of attenuated swell waves diffracting around the head of the breakwater and infra-gravity long-waves. These can lead to significant wave heights immediately offshore from the boat ramp exceeding the recommended upper limit for safe launching and retrieval for a significant proportion of the time. The situation is exacerbated by the swell waves steepening and breaking as they shoal up the ramp. To help provide safer launching and retrieval of boats in Warrnambool Harbour an innovative “porous” boat ramp concept has been developed. Analytical and physical (flume) model studies have been carried out to investigate the effectiveness of the porous ramp concept. It has been found that the porous ramp can provide reductions in swell wave heights at the ramp face of more than 30%. This would result in a significant increase in the usability of the boat ramp, particularly as boats and trailers will no longer be subjected to breaking waves.
      Australasian Coasts and Ports 2017 Conference Paper

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