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BSc.Hons. (HKU), MPhil. (HKU), PhD (NUS)

Dr Annie Lau joined UQ in 2016. Her primary research interest is in analysing past occurrences of coastal hazards, in particular extreme waves generated by storms and tsunamis, through sedimentary, geomorphological and historical records for assessing the future threat in coastal areas. In her recent project, Annie used the characteristics of large coastal boulders (e.g. size and distribution of rocks) to estimate the strength of extreme waves and to reconstruct the history of extreme events in the past millennia at a few tropical islands in the Asia-Pacific area. Coastal geomorphology and late Quaternary sea-level change were also examined at study sites, to investigate extreme-wave processes on different kinds of coastlines.

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