Friday, September 04, 2009

Reference: Luxury beachfront property in Australia is sinking, IHT, September 4, 2009

The coast of SE Australia consists mostly of beaches and these beaches are not stable landforms but a dynamic ever changing interface between land and water subject to violent erosion as well as the formation of sandbars. Coastal erosion along these beaches is an ongoing and natural phenomenon that has been recorded for more than a hundred years and has been related by hydrologists to the effect of east coast low pressure systems and tropical cyclones in conjunction with high tide. Coastal erosion of this nature in Australia is not new. What's new is the penchant these days to link all destructive natural events to global warming as if these kinds of events did not always occur. Media journalists and editors should evaluate the content of these stories and press releases for themselves with critical thinking of their own instead of printing like sheep.

Cha-am Jamal

1 comment:

Jamal said...

for reference please see hanslow and howard, 2005, "emergency management of coastal erosion"