The PNP is delivering a regional coastal monitoring program (covering approximately 200km of coast and estuarine areas) to improve our understanding and capacity to respond to erosion and inundation hazards in the coastal zone. The program was to developed to be a sustainable, long term and standardised coastal monitoring program.

The methods of data collection include:

  • Beach width measurements (monthly)
  • Photo surveys (monthly)
  • Dune migration rates (bi-annual to annual)
  • Oblique aerial surveys (bi-annual)
  • Flood frequency (event)
  • Inundation extent (event)

The first phase of the program included the following three key outputs:

Local Governments with assistance from the PNP are now undertaking monitoring of beaches across the region. An analysis of the program and data was completed after the first three years of data collection (March 2017 through December 2020). The report is available here.

Oblique aerial images can be viewed on a dedicated website developed and managed by UWA. UWA are continuing to collaborate with the PNP in undertaking the oblique aerial surveys and maintaining the website.

Further monitoring activities undertaken by the PNP are CoastSnap and drone monitoring.

The PNP would like to acknowledge the Western Australian Department of Transport that partly funded this work.