Karin Bryan is professor in coastal processes in the School of Science at the University of Waikato. She researches estuarine processes, coastal morphodynamics, and climate-driven variability in waves, with a focus on Aotearoa New Zealand’s many diverse coastal systems. Her main interests lie in understanding the key drivers that control the evolution of estuaries in the next 50 years, and how those drivers play out in natural systems, where complexities such as mangroves and episodic runoff make it difficult to compare to idealised modelling. Her work is at a system-wide scale and lies at the interface between modelling, data science and field measurements, and lately, how to make better and easier use of remote sensing data.
Keynote speaker: The northwest wave climate and sediment process: implications for dune restoration
Aotearoa west coast beach environments are shaped by very high wave energy, large sediment supply and strong winds. In turn, the high wave energy causes strong longshore and rip currents, which can cause hotspots of beach erosion. This presentation will provide an overview of the physical processes impacting on Kāwhia, Aotea and Ngarunui beaches, and an update on the latest climate change-related assessments for west coast waves and sealevel rise.