Coastal morphostratigraphy: two papers from Denmark

Many years ago I was introduced to the concept of morphostratigraphy. By using a combination of landform mapping, drilling and where possible dating, constructing conceptual models of depositional history involving an appreciation of facies and morphological types is possible. Recently, Tom Oliver kindly drew my attention to two papers involving the evolution of coastal sand barriers on the North Sea coast in Denmark - from my perspective they constitute morphostratigraphic research par excellence and demonstrate that it is possible to be more specific about the way future changes in wave climate, sea level and sediment supply will influence coastal behaviour in different sediment compartments. Read More

Climate Change Attribution

It is not unusual to hear of attempts to ascribe a certain extreme climate event to global warming. Much commentary has occurred in recent weeks on the unusual behaviour of the hurricane that devastated the Bahamas and how that behaviour was due to climate change. Similarly, impacts of our recent drought are linked by some to the warming effects of greenhouse gases over the last 50 or more years. Read More

Rethinking Landscape in Aotearoa

I recently had the privilege of attending the annual conference of the Environmental Defence Society (EDS) of New Zealand in Auckland (14-15 August 2019). This is the major conference in NZ on environmental policy and management. Each year there is a focus on a different theme. Read More

Collaborative Science and Coastal Adaptation

In July an important paper of international relevance was published in Frontiers and Marine Science titled “Collaborative science to enhance coastal resilience and adaptation”. The lead authors were C. Reid Nichols and Don Wright along with 11 others including Scott Bainbridge from AIMS in Townsville. Read More


Science can be incomprehensible to many, yet it requires others to help communicate and apply great works such as those of Albert Einstein. Climate change science is also quite complex and those in this field are facing similar difficulties to those who sought to explain relativity to the broader public. It is irresponsible of decision-makers to not trust the science and ignore its implications in today’s uncertain world. Read More

The Sandiford Line

Meanderings around the Australian coast excite one’s interests in so many weird and wonderful ways. Long ago I was fascinated by the writings of Reg Sprigg on the elevated palaeo-shorelines of South Australia. They stood in strong contrast to anything I had observed in NSW and southern Queensland. Read More

A Curiosity of Cusps

It is often said that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. For me a trip to the beach is enhanced when I see cusps. These delightful, rhythmic features are often so captivating in their geometric Read More