ABSTRACT

Cowley, D. and Harris, D.L., 2020. A Review of wave climate trends for the eastern coast of Queensland, Australia from, 1976-2018. In: Malvárez, G. and Navas, F. (eds.), Global Coastal Issues of 2020. Journal of Coastal Research, Special Issue No. 95, pp. 1401–1405. Coconut Creek (Florida), ISSN 0749-0208.

A refined description of local wave conditions along the eastern coastline of Queensland is necessary for improved construction of regional models. A nearshore wave climate is constructed to provide boundary conditions for further modelling of wave action in both the open coast of South East Queensland (SEQ) and the sheltered coasts of Central to North Queensland (CNQ). Long term wave data collected from 13 Wave Rider buoys along the inner shelf of the Queensland coast have been analysed to provide representative wave height, period and directional conditions on a seasonal to interannual scale. Interannual to decadal conditions are determined through the distribution of wave energy flux over directional segments, while mean daily wave parameters are investigated over a smaller time scale to determine representative seasonal conditions.

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