Message from the Conference Organising Committee

The Local Organising Committee, the National Committee for Coastal and Ocean Engineering, Engineers Australia, PIANC Australia and Engineering New Zealand invite you to attend Australasian Coasts and Ports 2019: an amalgamation of the 24th Australasian Coastal and Ocean Engineering Conference and the 17th Australasian Port and Harbour Conference.

The Australasian Coasts & Ports Conference series is the pre-eminent forum in the Australasian region for professionals to meet and discuss multi-disciplinary issues related to coasts and ports.

The 2019 Conference theme “Future directions from 40°S and beyond” reflects the increasing awareness about the need to find suitable means for adapting to change in the “right” direction.  It also identifies a geographical location (in latitude) at the northern extremity of Tasmania.  Beyond 40°S is the world at large but specifically alludes to two continents- a frozen one southward, and a warmer one above.  A deeper understanding of the frozen continent, Antarctica, will aid increasing knowledge about its influence on oceans and coasts around Australasia, Oceania and beyond.

Australasian Coasts and Ports 2019 will bring together engineers, planners, scientists and researchers to Hobart, to focus on the technological, scientific, policy, planning and design issues related to our diverse and developing coasts.

Australasian Coasts & Ports 2019 will continue to publicise the persisting importance of coastal engineering problems, incorporating numerous concurrent streams for technical presentations, half-day field trips and the opportunity to network with colleagues in a vibrant social program including a Welcome Reception, Conference Dinner and other optional activities.

Diversity and Inclusion are important to our future.  Engagement of people from a range of cultures, backgrounds and experiences will enhance our industry’s ability to deliver innovative solutions to society within a culture of mutual respect.  The Australasian Coasts and Ports 2019 Conference is proud of its ability to promote the contributions of females to our industry as part of its program. In keeping with our lead in this area, the Conference organising committee has committed to achieving a 30% target of female session chairs and key note speakers and is aiming for a target of at least 20% female delegates at the 2019 conference.  Join us as we celebrate the diversity of our profession.

We look forward to seeing you in Hobart in 2019!

Noel Carroll

2019 Conference Chair Australasian Coasts & Ports

Organising Committee

Noel Carroll
Australasian Coasts & Ports 2019 LOC Chair
Principal Engineer
pitt&sherry, Hobart

Associate Professor Gregor Macfarlane
Australian Maritime College
University of Tasmania, Launceston

Dr Tristan Richards
TAS State Manager
Australian Computer Society (ACS), Tasmania

Dr Fiona Ling
WMA Water, Tasmania

Professor Marcus Haward
Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies/Oceans and Cryosphere Centre
University of Tasmania, Battery Point, Hobart

Karen Palmer
Discipline of Geography and Spatial Sciences
University of Tasmania, Sandy Bay, Hobart

Tanya Stul
Coastal Engineer
Seashore Engineering/Damara, Perth

Dr Peter Cummings
Chief Technical Engineer – Coastal Engineering
KBR, Brisbane

Gildas Colleter
Technical Director
Jeremy Benn Pacific (JBP)

Dr Alexis Berthot
Marine Project Consultancy Manager
MetOcean Solutions, Sydney

Neil Lawson
Vice President
PIANC International
Board Member
PIANC Australia & New Zealand, Sydney

Dr Michael Allis
Coastal Engineer
National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA), New Zealand

Who Should Attend?

Australian Coasts & Ports 2019 will be relevant to any person with a professional interest in the coastal, maritime and marine environments. The Conference will bring together engineers, planners, scientists and researchers to focus on the technological, scientific, policy, planning and design issues related to our diverse and developing coasts. It will integrate ideas and knowledge among engineers, port and maritime operators, researchers and scientists, local/central government, maritime manufacturers, planners, policy makers and media.

New to this year’s conference is a focus on the ‘Blue Economy: Opportunities and Challenges’. Australia has a significant and diverse marine domain, twice the size of the terrestrial land mass, providing the base to the nation’s ‘Blue Economy’. The National Marine Science Committee suggests that by “2025, Australia’s marine (and maritime) industries will contribute around $100 billion each year to our economy, with our oceans and coasts providing a further $25 billion worth of ecosystem services, such as carbon dioxide absorption, nutrient cycling and coastal protection”.

The ‘Blue Economy’ is a focus for many marine activities, e.g. offshore food production, wave power generation, etc.

The ‘Blue Highway’ is a focus of Ports Australia and shipping operators. When a huge proportion of goods are transported on that highway the benefit to Australia is massive.

Integral to the ‘Blue Economy’ at large are vast economic and environmental values that are associated with the underpinning natural processes provided by a range of ecosystems such as seagrasses, saltmarshes, mangroves, etc.

This theme provides a timely opportunity to consider opportunities and challenges for the Australia’s future blue economy and invites contributions from ocean and coastal engineering, economics, law, governance, environmental management and ecology.

Conference Themes

Coastal Processes

  • Monitoring, instrumentation and information systems
  • Tides, storm surges, long waves and tsunamis
  • Shelf and shallow water wave dynamics
  • Sediment transport, sediment processes and morphology
  • Coastal processes in coastal ecosystems (estuary, mangrove, coral, etc.)
  • Coastal meteorology, storms, tropical cyclones and extreme events
  • Coastal response to extreme events and to climate change

Port and Maritime Engineering

  • Ports and marine facilities
  • Deep water terminals
  • Navigation
  • Dredging and reclamation
  • Fate of dredged material and morphologic response to dredging
  • Dredging management, community and ecosystems

Coastal and Ocean Engineering

  • Wave-structure-soil interactions
  • Breakwaters and Erosion and flood mitigation coastal structures
  • Recreational facilities, waterfront development and marinas
  • Beach nourishment and shoreline protection
  • Ocean monitoring, resource, energy and exploration

Port and Coastal Planning, Policy and Management

  • Integrated coastal zone management
  • Shoreline management
  • Coastal risk and management
  • Climate change adaption
  • Sustainability, and stakeholder engagement

Blue Economy

  • Multi-use of space, multi-use platforms and management in the Blue Economy
  • Marine renewable energy
  • Environmental characterisations and assessments
  • Aquaculture
  • Marine biotechnology
  • Economic, social, legal and political aspects

Key Dates

10 September 2018 Abstract Submissions Open
11 February 2019 Registration Opens
13 February 2019 DN Foster Award Nominations Open
17 February 2019 Abstract Submission Deadline
1 April 2019 Authors advised of Submission Outcome
5 May 2019 Full Paper Submission Deadline
2 May 2019 DN Foster Award Nominations Close
19 June 2019 Deadline for Final Papers Submitted with Changes
19 June 2019 Extended Abstract Submission Deadline
14 June 2019 Earlybird Registration Closes