More intense storms to threaten vulnerable beachfront homes

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UNSW Water research Laboratory

Long term research by University of NSW Water Research Laboratory over 40 years shows that a perfect storm of  higher water levels and fiercer storms led by El Nino/La Nina events could inundate large tracts of Australia’s south eastern seaboard.

But we are flying blind according to the researchers, as huge areas of Australian coastline have had no research done on them whatsoever.  A National Coastline Observatory is needed to provide basic data to help provide warnings of vulnerable coastline at risk.  The traditional cycle of sand deposits during beach building weather has been disrupted by increasing La Nina storm events they say, and this could permanently alter our coastline.

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