A study to better understand how waves and sand interact and move on the coastline is being jointly undertaken by MidCoast Council and the University of Newcastle.
The five-day project, which began today, Monday, May 13, will include Boomerang, Elizabeth and Shelly beaches.
"The University of Newcastle researchers are measuring surf zone wave parameters such as wave heights and periods, current speeds, and the beach topography," University of Newcastle field trip leader and senior lecturer, Hannah Power said.
Gaining more knowledge and information about how waves behave at specific locations, and how sand is shifted as a result, will help inform council's management of coastal change in these locationsGerard Tuckerman
These data sets will be used to help answer questions about how waves and sand interact, and how the sand moves around on these beaches, and other NSW beaches.
State-of-the-art technology, including laser scanners, pressure traducers and current meters will be used to collect this information.
"Gaining more knowledge and information about how waves behave at specific locations, and how sand is shifted as a result, will help inform council's management of coastal change in these locations," MidCoast Council natural systems manager, Gerard Tuckerman said.
There will be no restriction to public access to the beaches during this research, but beach users are asked to be mindful of the equipment that will be installed on the beach.
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