Marine & COASTAL Workshops

Melbourne Cricket Ground, Monday 29 August

The Marine and Coastal Workshops will be held on Monday prior to the commencement of the main conference and will also be held at the MCG, from 0830 to 1730. Separate registration to the main conference is required to attend, however the workshop themes complement the content of the main conference and key outcomes of the workshop day will be shared during the main conference.

Anyone is welcome to attend and please see a description of the workshops on offer below.

Registration fees for the Workshop day are as follows and can be purchased through the online conference registration.

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Marine and Coastal Day Workshop
Monday 29 August 2016 only
Marine and Coastal Workshop - Single Day Registration $300.00
Marine and Coastal Workshop - Additional day registration for full conference delegates $150.00
One Day Community Registration $85.00

Community Registration only applies to ‘a recognised volunteer with a coastal community group who personally derives no income from their involvement with the coast’.

Marine and Coastal Day Workshop Registration on Monday 29 August includes:

  • Entry to the day’s sessions
  • Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea for the day registered
  • Access to the Conference App
  • Name badge

One Day Community Registration on Monday 29 August 2016 includes:

  • Entry to the day's sessions
  • Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea
  • Welcome Reception
  • Access to the Conference App
  • Name Badge

* Please note the program times and content are subject to change. 

Morphodynamic Shoreline Modelling 

Facilitator: Dr. Kasper Kærgaard, Senior Engineer, DHI

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The coastal zone is under increased pressure owing to the combined effect of urbanisation of the coastal zone and increased water levels, due to sea level rise from climate change or subsidence. To make the right decisions, you must, as a coastal planner, be thoroughly informed about the physical processes that impact your coastline. This course will provide you with the necessary physical and numerical understanding and knowledge to address these issues in a sustainable way.

This short course provides an overview of the steps required to undertake and complete, a successful morphodynamic coastal study. The course focus is on which field measurements are required and how to integrate the data into a sound understanding of the physical processes, using DHI’s state of the art numerical modelling tools. We shall discuss the definition and selection of numerical tools to plan and mitigate problematic developments in the most successful way. Additionally, the afternoon session is dedicated to hands-on exercises in the new MIKE 21 FM Shoreline model, which can accurately predict long-term (years to decades) shoreline evolution in complex cases for coastline stretches of 5-10 km.

Morning Sessions

Challenges in coastal projects:

  • Waterfront developments with artificial beaches
  • Port and Harbours – coastal impact, sedimentation and navigation depth
  • Coastal protection and coastal flooding – climate adaptation

Field measurements and remote sensing:

  • Useful field measurements
  • Understanding coastal evolution alongshore and cross-shore 

Numerical Modelling Tools:

  • Overview of DHI’s state of the art numerical modelling tools
  • From field measurements to process understanding using numerical tools
  • Use of advanced morphological models

Decision Making:

  • What to expect and demand from coastal models
  • When to use Advanced vs. Simple models
  • Handling uncertainty in predictions

Afternoon Sessions

Hands-on exercises in the MIKE 21 FM Shoreline Model:

  • Generate inputs to the shoreline model
  • Setup and run the shoreline model
  • Analyzing results
  • Attendees are expected to bring their laptops for the afternoon sessions to download and experience first-hand the modelling software

Marine and Coastal Citizen Science

Facilitator: Mark Rodrigue, Program Leader – Marine and Coasts, Parks Victoria

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This workshop will provide an outstanding opportunity for Australian marine and coastal managers, agencies, and community representatives to hear from leading thinkers in this space in considering how best to connect with and support coastal communities interested in making scientific contributions about their local environments. Through a range of exciting presentations from local, national, and international citizen science contributors, a field trip, and some structured discussion, we aim to empower all participants with a clear picture of the success factors needed in establishing citizen science programs to take into their own work.  

Over the past five years there has been an explosion of interest across the globe in establishing citizen science programs that provide non-scientists with opportunities to make contributions to scientific research and monitoring. Australia has embraced this approach to participatory science and in the marine and coastal context there are now many great examples of programs that provide meaningful ways for community members and organisations to contribute to improving knowledge, often aided by professional scientists and scientific institutions, where the outcomes are improved management or greater awareness of marine and coastal values.  

Key contributors to the workshop include Dr. Anthony Boxshall, Group Manager - Applied Sciences at the Environment Protection Authority Victoria and Neil Blake OAM, Port Phillip Bay Keeper at Port Philip EcoCentre who will provide citizen science insights from both agency and community perspectives.

Selected Australian case studies that reflect some of the most successful coastal and marine citizen science programs will be explored in detail with a view to identifying critical success factors.  

Nominations of case studies for the forum as well as themes for workshop discussion are most welcome.  For further information please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Together we can achieve more than we think


Facilitator: Professor Kate Auty, ACT Commissioner for Sustainability and the Environment

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This unique one day workshop will provide participants with an opportunity to explore working relationships and activities with Indigenous people on coastal land and sea Country throughout Australia. Through sharing of experiences and aspirations for change, we will connect, inspire and empower participants to work together to identify the barriers and solutions in developing best practice guidelines for indigenous coastal values.  

Participants will also have the chance to explore some of Melbourne’s Aboriginal Cultural sites and hear their history and stories.

Participants will hear shared experiences; look at partnership and co-management arrangements; discuss aspirations around land, sea and marine environments; consider cultural practices and identify any barriers in developing best practice guidelines. Participants from around Australia will have an opportunity to listen and talk with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people about their values and knowledge of Country and their aspirations for the management of coasts. It will also give land managers the chance to explore how communities can be involved in a range of natural resource management activities.

The workshop will work towards addressing organisational challenges by working in partnership, inspiring others through learnt experiences and improve communication and working towards improved dialogue. Together we can achieve more than we think.

This workshop will be valuable to communities, land managers, environmental planners, policy makers and community representatives wishing to be make a difference.

You are also encouraged to contribute your aspirations before workshop for consideration. Submissions and suggestions for workshop discussion are most welcome. For further information please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Early Career Researcher and Practitioner Workshop

Climate Change Adaption in the Coastal Zone

Facilitator: Professor Tim Smith, Director of the Sustainability Research Centre at the University of the Sunshine Coast and Convenor of National Adaptation Network for the social, economic and institutional dimensions of Climate Change

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This innovative workshop aims to enhance climate change adaptation knowledge (with a focus on the coastal zone) and to encourage interactions between researchers and practitioners. This workshop invites early career researchers and practitioners to hear from leading adaptation researchers and provides an excellent opportunity to gain further understanding of the challenges and successes in the adaptation field. It also offers the chance for early career researchers and practitioners to share their lessons and perspectives.

The workshop will be hosted by the National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility's (NCCARF) Social, Economic and Institutional Dimensions Network (SEI Network), which is a community of researchers and practitioners working together to progress climate change adaptation knowledge.

Participation is open to early career researchers and practitioners who either work in the climate change adaptation field or have a specific interest in the social, economic and institutional dimensions of climate change adaptation.

The workshop also provides an excellent networking opportunity and a chance to connect with emerging research leaders.

One of the topics which will be explored in the workshop are mechanisms to ensure effective evidence based information is available to support adaptation decision making for coastal managers. How this information can be communicated will also be discussed, using specific case studies and examples of best practice from around Australia.