Coastal & marine resources

Coastal Zone Strategy

In this strategy prepared by the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage (DPLH) a vision is outlined for a sustainable coast with long-term benefits for the community and visitors to the State.

View DPLH Coastal Zone Strategy

State Coastal Planning Policy

These policy documents prepared by DPLH provide planning guidelines for the long term sustainability of WA’s coast.

View the State Planning Policy 2.6 – Coastal Planning

Coastal Hazard Risk Management and Adapation Planning

These policy guidelines are for coastal management decision-makers on how to develop and implement effective coastal hazard risk management and adaptation plans.

View the coastal Hazard Risk Management and Adaptation Planning (CHRMAP) Guidelines

Blueprint for Marine Science 2050 Report

This report from the Western Australian Marine Science Institute (WAMSI) outlines strategic planning for the next 30 years for marine industries.

View WAMSI’s Blueprint for Marine Science 2050 Report

Coastal Erosion Hotspots Report

This report from the Department of Transport outlines how sea level and sedimentation studies contribute to understanding how erosion affects the stability of our Western Australian coastal infrastructure.

View the Coastal Erosion Hotspots Report

CoastAdapt’s resource centre

This resource centre provides information, data and documentation on how a changing climate is affecting coastal Australia.

View CoastAdapt’s resource centre

OzCoasts Australian Online Coastal Information

This website offers a range of resources covering information on Australia’s coast, including its estuaries, coastal waterways and climate change impact. 

View OzCoasts online information

ABC New’s Coastal Erosion Special

This news report covers the impact that erosion is having on WA’s coast.

View ABC’s Coastal Erosion Special

CSIRO’s Coastal Research Repository

This website offers information and resources on extensive research on Australia’s coasts. The site includes an interactive map displaying the location of research projects.

View CSIRO’s Coastal Research Repository

Seamap Australia

This website brings together data from national seabed mapping collections, with supporting information for marine managers, making data discoverable and accessible in one location.

View Seamap Australia website and their mapping version

Elvis – Elevation and Depth – Foundation Spatial Data

Elvis Elevation and Depth is a cloud-based system allowing users to easily discover and obtain Australian elevation and bathymetry data available within their area of interest.

View Elvis Elevation and Depth

 Digital Earth Australia

For decades satellites have been capturing imagery of Australian landscapes. Digital Earth Australia (DEA) corrects, curates, and makes this image data freely available on the interactive DEA Maps.

View Digital Earth Australia

Australian Marine Parks

Explore Australian Marine Parks

View Australia Marine Parks

Integrated Marine Observing System

Australia’s Integrated Marine Observing System (IMOS) has been operating a wide range of observing equipment throughout Australia’s coastal and open oceans since 2006. IMOS makes all of its data openly and freely accessible to the marine and climate science community, other stakeholders and users, and international collaborators.

View Integrated Marine Observing System (IMOS)

Working for nature: 2021 community capacity assessment

This 2021 Perth NRM Community Capacity in Natural Resource Management (NRM) survey contains 200 full responses from Individual Volunteers and 65 distinct groups or organisations. The report outlines concerns for environmental volunteer and community groups (including coastal volunteers).

View the report

Influence and Engagement: Priorities for Effective Ocean-Climate Communication

This report summarises the shared calls for cross-sector ocean-climate action and collaboration that emerged at the UN Ocean Conference 2022 (UNOC), Comms Inc and the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (UK Branch). The conference participants who provided input into the report included funders, NGOs, communicators and programme strategists.

View the report

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