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Sci Data. 2016 Apr 12;3:160024. doi: 10.1038/sdata.2016.24.

A multi-decade dataset of monthly beach profile surveys and inshore wave forcing at Narrabeen, Australia.

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Ian L Turner, Mitchell D Harley, Andrew D Short, Joshua A Simmons, Melissa A Bracs, Matthew S Phillips, Kristen D Splinter


  1. Water Research Laboratory, School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, UNSW Australia, Sydney, NSW 2052, Australia.
  2. School of Geosciences, University of Sydney, NSW 2006, Australia.

PMID: 27070299 PMCID: PMC4828941 DOI: 10.1038/sdata.2016.24


Long-term observational datasets that record and quantify variability, changes and trends in beach morphology at sandy coastlines together with the accompanying wave climate are rare. A monthly beach profile survey program commenced in April 1976 at Narrabeen located on Sydney's Northern Beaches in southeast Australia is one of just a handful of sites worldwide where on-going and uninterrupted beach monitoring now spans multiple decades. With the Narrabeen survey program reaching its 40-year milestone in April 2016, it is timely that free and unrestricted use of these data be facilitated to support the next advances in beach erosion-recovery modelling. The archived dataset detailed here includes the monthly subaerial profiles, available bathymetry for each survey transect extending seawards to 20 m water depth, and time-series of ocean astronomical tide and inshore wave forcing at 10 m water depths, the latter corresponding to the location of individual survey transects. In addition, on-going access to the results of the continuing monthly survey program is described.

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