Title

Examining the potential impacts of sea level rise on coastal wetlands in north-eastern NSW, Australia

Document Type

Article

Publication details

Akumu, CE, Pathirana, S, Baban, SMJ & Bucher, DJ 2010, 'Examining the potential impacts of sea level rise on coastal wetlands in north-eastern NSW, Australia', Journal of Coastal Conservation, vol. 15, no. 1, pp. 15-22.

Published version available from:

http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11852-010-0114-3

Peer Reviewed

Peer-Reviewed

Abstract

The coastal wetlands of north-eastern New South Wales (NSW) Australia are increasingly being affected by anthropogenic factors such as urbanisation, residential development and agricultural development. However, little is known about their vulnerability to sea level rise as a result of climate change. The aim of this research is to predict the potential impact of sea level rise (SLR) on the coastal wetland communities. Sea Level Affecting Marshes Model (SLAMM) was used to predict the potential impacts of sea level rise. Geographic Information System (GIS) was used for mapping and analysis. It was found that a meter rise in sea level could decrease coastal wetlands such as Inland fresh marshes from about 225.67 km2 in February 2009 to about 168.04 km2 by the end of the century in north-eastern NSW, Australia. The outcomes from this research can contribute to enhancing wetland conservation and management in NSW.