Scott Nichol is Theme Leader for the National Ecosystems Knowledge Theme and Section Leader at Geoscience Australia for Marine Biodiversity and Antarctic Geoscience. In these roles, he provides science leadership and administers research within the Shelf and Canyon Ecosystems project of Theme 3 and has an active role in the marine survey components of Theme 1 - National Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting and Theme 4 - Regional Biodiversity Discovery.
Scott is a coastal geomorphologist and sedimentologist with 25 years experience in marine geoscience research. Research themes include stratigraphic reconstruction of modern coastal and shallow marine depositional systems, interaction of physical and biological processes, and the impacts of extreme events and human activity on sedimentation processes. He has maintained a strong emphasis on field-based empirical and interdisciplinary research, with published studies from projects in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, USA, Ireland, Maldives and Antarctica.
Coastal communities in Australia are particularly exposed to disasters resulting from the coincidence of severe wind damage, storm surge, coastal flooding and shoreline erosion during cyclones and extra-tropical storms.
The aim of the project is to develop a new method to quantify the potential hazard associated with coincident and clustered disaster events on the coast, with an initial focus on storms that erode and reshape the coastline and impact on buildings and infrastructure. To date, a range of baseline data has been identified and collected for two study sites where eroision is an active management issue; Adelaide metropolitan beaches (SA) and Old Bar (NSW mid-north coast).
This research aims to produce probabilistic assessments of the coastal erosion and inundation risks associated with storms, particularly for coincident or clustered events, thereby helping to strengthen the resilience of coastal communities.
|Presentation-Slideshow||21 Mar 2014||Resilience to clustered disaster events on the coast||Save (1.67 MB)||coastal, coincident events, engineering|
|Presentation-Slideshow||04 Dec 2014||Resilience to clustered events on the coast - storm surge||Save (2.02 MB)||coastal, coincident events, storm surge|
|Presentation-Audio-Video||06 May 2016||Coastal management - cluster overview||Save (0 bytes)||coastal, cyclone, storm surge|
|HazardNoteEdition||09 May 2016||Oceans on the rise||Save (180.51 KB)||coastal, cyclone, storm surge|
|Presentation-Slideshow||24 Oct 2016||Resilience to clustered disaster events on the coast: storm surge||Save (5.7 MB)||coastal, resilience, storm surge|
|HazardNoteEdition||08 Jun 2017||New technologies to better manage coastal erosion||Save (681.09 KB)||coastal, modelling, storm surge|