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Coastal Processes

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Coastal and shelf sea processes include wind, climate, waves, currents and tides. These processes influence the distribution of sediment, salinity and water borne particles that shape the coast, seabed, water quality and distribution of marine life.

 CLIMATE CHANGE: Learn more about how climate  change will impact the coast.                        

Mokau erosionBEACH PROCESSES: Learn more about beach formation and erosion.  [PDF, 280 KB]

Whangamata catchment picSEDIMENTATION: Learn more about the movement of sediments through our waterways. [PDF, ]


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Shoreline change monitoring

Coastal developments at risk