NSW Coastal Inundation Hazard Study: Coastal storms and extreme waves
The NSW coast is subject to a generally moderate wave climate periodically affected by large wave events originating from offshore storm systems. Such events, particularly when they occur coincidentally with high water levels, may cause coastal inundation, beach erosion, damage to property and marine structures, and risks to public safety.
- 1 January 2011
- The University of New South Wales
Accurate estimation of the likelihood and magnitude of large wave events is essential for the quantification of extreme beach erosion and inundation levels, design of nearshore structures, and long-term coastal management.
Following a series of intense and damaging storms in 1974, a network of wave buoys has been incrementally established along the NSW coast by the NSW Department of Public Works. Data from this wave buoy network is presently collected by Manly Hydraulics Laboratory for the NSW Department of Environment, Climate Change & Water.
NSW Coastal Inundation Hazard Study: Coastal storms and extreme waves - Appendices (PDF 15.7MB)