Publication Details

Carvalho, R. C. & Woodroffe, C. D. (2014). The sediment budget as a management tool: the Shoalhaven Coastal Compartment, southeastern NSW, Australia. 23rd NSW Coastal Conference (pp. 1-12).


Sediment budgets are fundamental approaches in coastal studies for allowing estimates of volumes of sediments entering and exiting a selected area of the coast, resulting in net erosion or accretion of that compartment under consideration. This assessment is crucial for understanding current processes and predicting future effects of sedimentimpact activities, promoting the sustainability of coastal environments over the next centuries. In this paper we present a series of preliminary spatial, sedimentological and geophysical analyses undertaken in order to understand the sources, sinks, transport and pathways for the sediment budget of the Shoalhaven coast, a compartment whose sediment provision is supplied primarily by the Shoalhaven River (draining a catchment of 7,151 km2) and that stretches ~32 km from the rocky headland of Black Head at Gerroa (north) to the Beecroft Peninsula near Currarong (south). Analysis included the use of sub-bottom profiler, ground penetrating radar, RTK-GPS, aerial photographs, satellite images, LiDAR, echosounding, computer modelling, as well as grain size parameters from ~200 sediment (and mineralogy for selected) samples from the estuary, beach and shoreface.