Sustaining life on Pacific atoll islands in the face of accelerating coastal change: insights from three-dimensional change detection analysis

This research aims to better understand the dynamic nature of the fragile atoll islands. Atoll islands lie only a few metres above mean sea level and for this reason are very vulnerable to sea-level rise and other coastal hazards that are being exacerbated by climate change. It has been recognized that atoll islands have a dynamic nature but more research is needed on how and why they change, critically to be able to design more effective interventions to sustain atoll life into the future. This research focuses on studying the three-dimensional shoreline changes of selected atoll islands using state-of-the-art geospatial tools such as LiDAR and Structure-from-Motion photogrammetry to help answer these questions.

Adivsory Team: Professor Stuart Phinn, Dr Chris Roelfsema 

Funding: UQ Research Training

Project members

Maria KOTTERMAIR

PhD Candidate