Journal article

Holocene evolution of the Ninety Mile Beach sand barrier, Victoria, Australia: The role of sea level, sediment supply and climate

David M Kennedy, Thomas SN Oliver, Toru Tamura, Colin V Murray-Wallace, Bruce G Thom, Neville J Rosengren, Daniel Ierodiaconou, Paul Augustinus, Chloe Leach, Jinjuan Gao, Sarah L McSweeney, Teresa Konlechner, Colin D Woodroffe

Marine Geology | ELSEVIER | Published : 2020


The Ninety-Mile Beach (NMB) barrier system in southeastern Australia is the largest active barrier island system in Australia. The response of a sandy barrier system to a warming climate is dependent on the boundary conditions of sediment supply and sea level. Deposition during the Holocene can therefore provide an indication of how these barriers may change in the future. In this study airborne LiDAR, ground penetrating radar and subsurface coring were combined with 46 optically-stimulated luminescence and 32 radiocarbon ages to provide a detailed understanding of sedimentation of NMB through the Holocene. The barrier complex formed in three distinct phases dating back to the earliest stabi..

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Awarded by Australia Research Council Discovery Program

Funding Acknowledgements

This project was funded by the Australia Research Council Discovery Program (DP150101936). Field data was collected with permission of Parks Victoria. Insightful review comments by Mikkel Fruergaard were much appreciated.