Geocoastal Research Group
The Geocoastal Research Group (GRG) inherits the spirit of the Coastal Studies Unit (CSU) that was inaugurated at The University of Sydney in 1976, and from which the discipline of coastal morphodynamics arose shortly thereafter.
Spanning the coastal sedimentary continuum from river systems to the edge of continental margins, and encompassing both clastic and carbonate environments, this field of research is focused on the coupling between flow dynamics and geomorphic evolution enacted by sediment transport.
Geocoastal research at the University of Sydney spans from the study of day-to-day change in coastal environments due to meteorological events, to improving our understanding of the links between global climatic and tectonic adjustments and the geomorphic evolution of continental margins. The research approaches practiced by the group are accordingly varied, and include in situ field measurement, remote-sensing techniques, and both physical-process and systems-behaviour modelling. Across the spectrum of scales, research extends beyond geomorphic evolution to habitat responses, environmental contamination and marine territorial rights.
The Geocoastal Research Group is integrated with the University’s wider marine science community via the University of Sydney Institute of Marine Science (USIMS), which exploits a mutual interest in process interactions to connect geocoastal research with the related fields of coastal marine ecology, marine robotics and coastal engineering. In recognition of the core research strength in marine science, the university is a foundation member of the Sydney Institute of Marine Science (SIMS), a flagship interdisciplinary facility located on the picturesque shores of Sydney Harbour. The Geocoastal Research Group has strong links with One Tree Island Research Station, one of the most pristine coral cays available to the scientific community only.
Key research areas of the Geocoastal Research Group include:
Long-term morphodynamics and coastal climate-change impacts
Beach, estuarine and inlet morphodynamics
Carbonate structures and sedimentology
River systems and bank stability
Continental margin evolution and marine sovereignty
This area focuses on Quaternary coastal evolution, including the development of coastal depositional systems and coastline migration in response to regional-scale climatic and geological environmental change. This area implicitly includes both exploration of the origins of contemporary coasts and the assessment of likely future responses to the projected effects of global climate change.
Field sampling and modelling techniques are integrated by the team to unlock past and future coastal change beyond the reach of observed records. Probabilistic methods are also applied to quantify uncertainty in past changes and to enable risk-based forecasts of future change that are readily applicable to coastal management and planning. Recent projects have focused on the coastal areas of east and west Australia including the Great Barrier Reef, and farther afield, the deltaic coasts of the Greater Mekong Delta Region, The Netherlands, Portugal, Italy and Brazil.
A/Prof Peter Cowell Long-term morphodynamics and coastal response to climate change
Dr Eleanor Bruce Spatial analysis of landscape change and habitat responses in coastal systems
Dr Dan Penny Large-scale environmental changes and coastal impacts in the Australasian region
Dr Stephen Barry Risk assessments for the coastal impacts of projected climate change
Kellie Adlam (PhD) Risk-based forecasts of estuary evolution using the geological record
Marc Daley (PhD) Shorefaces, equilibrium and consequences for large-scale coastal change
Marco Ferraz (PhD) Influence of delta morphodynamics on coastal response to climate change (Portugal)
Salette Figueiredo (PhD) Controls on coastal response to climate change at Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
Mike Kinsela (PhD) Continental shelf adjustment and sedimentation in shallow-marine environments
Honorary associates: ,
This area of research is concerned with present-day processes that occur on the coast. We examine the morphodynamics of unconsolidated sediments on the coast and the forcing mechanisms, including waves and currents that drive observed changes in geomorphology. Our research is conducted in both temperate (quartz based) and tropical (carbonate based) environments. Some of our topics of research include coastal response to storms, coastal erosion, sediment transport, wave transformation in the surf zone and swash zone processes. Some of our projects include studies on Port Stephens and the Dynamics of Carbonate Sands.
Dr Ana Vila-Concejo Contemporary processes and morphodynamics in clastic and carbonate systems
Dr Hannah Power Surf zone wave transformation and swash zone hydrodynamics
Tim Austin (PhD) Influence of wave-tide interactions on flood-tide delta and estuarine beach response
Dan Harris (PhD) Sediment transport processes and long-term morphodynamics on coral reefs
Angela Jiang (PhD) Numerical modelling of flood-tide delta evolution at Port Stephens, Australia
Kate Thornborough (PhD) Coral reef growth and development in the southern Great Barrier Reef
Amelia Shannon (Hons) Geomorphic mapping of a coral cay using remote sensing: One Tree Island
Honorary associates: ,
Visiting scholars: Dr Luci Pereira (past), Dr Javier Benavente (past), Dr Laura del Rio (past)
This area of research incorporates studies of both modern and ancient coral reefs on continental shelves and oceanic islands. Through study of the geomorphology, sedimentology, stratigraphy, palaeo-ecology and geochemistry of reefs we address fundamental questions about the Earth’s natural systems, such as sea-level change, palaeo-climates and tectonics. Research also links with Beach, estuarine and inlet morphodynamics through studies on seasonal and inter-annual timescales with the aim to build an understanding of reef morphodynamics.
Collectively, this research provides essential
insights to the likely response of reefs to future climate change.
A variety of field techniques including marine geophysics, bathymetric surveys, radiometric dating, scientific drilling and surficial sampling of modern and ancient reefs have been applied to examine carbonate environments of the Great Barrier Reef, Hawaii and Tahiti, typically involving collaboration with international partners that currently include the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program (IODP) expeditions #310 and #325.
Dr Jody Webster Structure of carbonate platforms/reefs and their response to environmental change
Liz Abbey (PhD) A history of response and thresholds of fossil reefs during disturbance on Tahiti and the Great Barrier Reef
Dan Harris (PhD) Sediment transport process and long-term morphodynamics on coral reefs
Gustavo Hinestrosa (PhD) Evolutionary reconstruction of the Great Barrier Reef from IODP Exp. 325
Kate Thornborough (PhD) Coral reef growth and development in the southern Great Barrier Reef
Honorary associates: Prof Peter Davies
Estuaries are diverse and dynamic environments that are subject to human impacts both within the water body and in the surrounding catchment. Whilst point sources of pollution such as industrial discharge may be easily targeted, the diffuse nature of stormwater pollution provides a management challenge for authorities overseeing estuary health. We have developed a novel approach to address the problem of estuarine contamination by storm-water runoff from adjacent catchments through the isolation of primary sources using monitoring and modelling of estuarine conditions. The approach represents an effective and efficient way to determine contaminant loading from the catchment without the need to monitor each individual tributary discharging into the system. The technique offers particular value in regions in which insufficient funding or expertise actively constrain the ability of authorities to conduct comprehensive catchment monitoring programs.
River systems form a vital link between the continents and surrounding marginal depositional environments, shaping the location and geomorphology of the coast in their path. Through study of the recent and ancient behaviour of river systems, the response of coastal environments and their inhabitants to past climatic change can be uncovered, providing valuable insights to the natural and societal constraints of managing environmental change. Using climatic and anthropogenic indicators preserved in river systems, members of the group have unlocked the secrets of thousands of years of ecosystem interactions in the Greater Mekong River system.
Another focus of research into river systems focuses on the influence of riverside vegetation on the occurrence and progress of stream-bed and river-bank erosion. Recent riparian management practice in Australia has focussed on re-establishing and maintaining native riparian vegetation in order to control erosion and regenerate or preserve the complex variety of in-stream and riverside habitats. Recently completed projects have validated this approach and identified the roles of vegetation placement and type that must be considered to ensure best practice in riparian management.
A/Prof Tom Hubble Characterisation and prevention of slope failure and mass collapse of river banks
Dr Dan Penny Interactions between social and natural resilience to abrupt climate change in the Australasia region
Anna Helfensdorfer (Hons) Root-structure and tensile strength characteristics of Casuarina cunninghamiana
Honorary associates: Dr Ben Docker
The long-term evolution of continental margins holds clues to the origins of modern coastal environments, the occurrence and distribution of marine resources, and the potential for future coastal hazards. Furthermore, the evolution of the Australian continent through geological time has direct implications for the nation’s marine sovereignty and access rights to natural resources.
A current focal point of this research concerns the investigation of submarine landslides along the East Australian continental margin. Using Australia’s flagship research vessel RV Southern Surveyor, members of the group aim to improve our understanding of the mechanics and frequency of submarine slope failure by investigating the age and intensity of past slide events. Ship-based assessment of the morphology, composition and origin of past submarine landslides, and laboratory experiments to determine the age, mechanical characteristics and stability of continental slope sediments, will then allow the evaluation of future tsunami risk for coastal communities.
Prof Dietmar Müller Plate-tectonic reconstruction using geophysical data and deep Earth models
A/Prof Peter Cowell Numerical modelling of long-term morphodynamics on continental margins
A/Prof Tom Hubble Role of slope failure in sedimentation on Australia’s continental margins
Dr Elaine Baker Extension of continental shelf sovereign rights in the Asia-Pacific region
Samantha Clarke (PhD) Submarine landslides on the Upper East Australian continental margin
Mike Kinsela (PhD) Continental shelf adjustment and sedimentation in shallow-marine environments
Phyllis Yu (PhD) Geomorphology and geology of the mid continental slope - northern NSW and southern Queensland
Honorary associates: ,
- Pereira, LCC, Pinto, KST, Costa, CK, Vila-Concejo, A, Costa, RM da, in press. Oceanographic conditions and human factors on the water quality at an Amazon macrotidal beach. Journal of Coastal Research [accepted 12.July.2011].
- Pereira, LCC, Silva, NIS, Costa, RM, Asp, NE, Costa, KG, Vila-Concejo, A, 2012. Seasonal changes in oceanographic processes at an equatorial macrotidal beach in northern Brazil. Continental Shelf Research 43(0): 95-106.
- Barrett, S., and Webster, J. M., Holocene evolution of the Great Barrier Reef: Insights from 3D numerical modelling. (In Press - Sedimentary Geology).
- Webster, J.M., Beaman, R. J., Bernabeua, A.P., Ludman, D., Renema, W., Wust, R.J.A., George, N.P., Reimer, P.J., and Jacobsen, G., Moss, P., Late Pleistocene history of turbidite sedimentation in a submarine canyon off the northern Great Barrier Reef, Australia.: (In Press - Pal3).
- Camoin, G. F., Séard, C., Deschamps, P, Webster, J. M., Abbey, E., Braga, C. B., Durand, N., Bard, E., Yokoyama, Y., Thomas, A., Reef response to sea-level and environmental changes during the last deglaciation. IODP Expedition 310 “Tahiti Sea Level”. (In Press - Geology).
- Lewis, S. E., Wüst, R. A. J, Webster, J. M., Shields, G. A., Lough., J. L., Jacobson, G., Development of an inshore fringing coral reef using textural, compositional and stratigraphic data from Magnetic Island, Great Barrier Reef, Australia (In Press - Marine Geology).
- Thomas, A.L., Fujita, K., Iryu, Y., Bard, E., Cabioch, G., Camoin, G., Cole, J.E., Deschamps, P., Durand, N., Hamelin, B., Heindel, K., Henderson, G.M., Mason, A.J., Matsuda, H., Ménabréaz, L., Omori, A., Quinn, T., Sakai, S., Sato, T., Sugihara, K., Takahashi, Y., Thouveny, N., Tudhope, A.W., Webster, J., M., Westphal, H., Yokoyama, Y., 2012. Assessing subsidence rates and paleo water-depths for Tahiti reefs using U–Th chronology of altered corals. Marine Geology 295–298, 86-94. 10.1016/j.margeo.2011.12.006
- Jiang, A.W., Ranasinghe, R., Cowell, P., Savioli, J.C., 2011. Tidal asymmetry of a shallow well-mixed estuary and the implications on net sediment transport: A numerical modelling study. Australian Journal of Civil Engineering, Coastal Issue, Vol. 9, No.1.
- Jiang, A.W., Ranasinghe, R., Cowell, P., 2011. Hydrodynamic variability along a low-energy estuarine beach located in an open estuary. Australian Journal of Civil Engineering, Coastal Issue, Vol. 9, No.1.
- Kinsela, M. A. and Cowell, P. J. (2011) Site geomorphology or inner shelf adjustment controls coastline response to climate change? 20th New South Wales Coastal Conference, Tweed Heads, 8-11 November 2011. [PDF]
- Clarke S, Hubble T, et al. (2011). Submarine landslides on the upper East Australian continental margin - preliminary findings. Submarine Mass Movements and Their Consequences, Advances in Natural and Technological Hazards Research. D. C. Mosher, et al. (in press).
- Hubble T, Yu P, Airey D, Clarke S, et al. (2011). Physical properties and age of continental slope sediments dredged from the Eastern Australian Continental Margin - implications for timing of slope failure. Submarine Mass Movements and Their Consequences, Advances in Natural and Technological Hazards Research. D. C. Mosher, et al. (in press).
- Vila-Concejo, A, Austin, TP, Harris, DL, Hughes, MG, Short, AD, Ranasinghe, R, 2011. Estuarine beach evolution in relation to a flood-tide delta. Journal of Coastal Research SI(64): 190-194.
- Benavente, J, Harris, DL, Austin, TP, Vila-Concejo, A, 2011. Medium term behaviour and evolution of a beach cusps system in a low energy beach, Port Stephens, NSW, Australia. Journal of Coastal Research SI(64): 170-174.
- Pereira, LCC, Vila-Concejo, A, Trindade, WN, Short, AD, 2011. Influence of high-energy conditions on beach changes in tide-dominated (Amazon, Brazil) and wave-dominated (NSW, Australia) coastal environments. Journal of Coastal Research SI(64): 115-119.
- Silva, NIS, Pereira, LCC, Gorayeb, A, Vila-Concejo, A, Sousa, RC, Asp, NE, Costa, RM, 2011. Natural and social conditions of Princesa, a macrotidal sandy beach on the Amazon coast of Brazil. Journal of Coastal Research SI(64): 1979-1983.
- Pinto, KST, Pereira, LCC, Vila-Concejo, A, Gorayeb, A, de Sousa, RC, da Costa RM, 2011. Effects of the lack of coastal planning on water quality and land use on a macrotidal beach (Atalaia, Para) in the Amazon Region. Journal of Coastal Research SI(64): 1401-1405.
- Oliveira, SMO, Pereira, LCC, Vila-Concejo, A, Gorayeb, A, de Sousa, RC, Souza, PWM, 2011. Natural and anthropogenic impacts on a macrotidal sandy beach of the Brazilian Amazon (Ajuruteua, Para): guidelines for coastal management. Journal of Coastal Research SI(64): 1385-1389.
- Power, H. E., Holman, R. A., and Baldock, T. E. (2011), Swash zone boundary conditions derived from optical remote sensing of swash zone flow patterns, Journal of Geophysical Research, 116(C6), C06007.
- Power, H. E. and Baldock, T. E. (2011), Measurement and modelling of hydrodynamics at the surf-swash boundary, Proceedings of 34th IAHR World Congress, Brisbane, Australia.
- Baldock, T. E., Alsina, J. M., Caceres, I., Vicinanza, D., Contestabile, P., Power, H. E., Sanchez-Arcilla, A. (2011) Large-scale experiments on beach profile evolution and surf and swash zone sediment transport induced by long waves, wave groups and random waves, Coastal Engineering, 58, 214-227.
- Bruce, E. , Bruce, L. and Cowell, P.J., 2011. Incorporating geomorphic zonation in nutrient models for coastal-estuarine environments: coupling GIS and aquatic ecosystem modeling, In Chan, F., Marinova, D. and Anderssen, R.S. (eds) MODSIM2011, 19th International Congress on Modelling and Simulation. Modelling and Simulation Society of Australia and New Zealand, December 2011, pp. 1867-1873. ISBN: 978-0-9872143-1-7. http://www.mssanz.org.au/modsim2011/E3/bruce.pdf
- Beaman, R.J., Bridge, T., Done, T.D., Webster, J. M., Williams, S., Pizzaro, O., 2011. Habitats and benthos at Hydrographers Passage, Great Barrier Reef, Australia in: Harris, P.T., Baker, E.K. (Ed.), Seafloor Geomorphology as Benthic Habitat: GeoHab Atlas of Seafloor Geomorphic Features and Benthic Habitats. Elsevier, Amsterdam, Netherlands, pp. 425-434
- Puga-Bernabéu, Á., Webster, J.M., Beaman, R.J., Guilbaud, V., 2011. Morphology and controls on the evolution of a mixed carbonate–siliciclastic submarine canyon system, Great Barrier Reef margin, north-eastern Australia. Marine Geology 289, 100-116. 10.1016/j.margeo.2011.09.013
- Bridge, T.C.L., Fabricius, K.E., Bongaerts, P., Wallace, C.C., Muir, P.R., Done, T.J., Webster, J.M., 2011. Diversity of Scleractinia and Octocorallia in the mesophotic zone of the Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Coral Reefs. doi: 10.1007/s00338-011-0828-1
- Abbey, E. A., Webster, J.M., Beaman, R., 2011. Geomorphology of submerged reefs on the shelf edge of the Great Barrier Reef: the influence of oscillating Pleistocene sea-levels. Marine Geology, 288, 1-4, 61-78. doi:10.1016/j.margeo.2011.08.006.
- Bongaerts, P., Sampayo, E., Bridge, T., Ridgway, T., Vermeulen, F., Englebert, N., Webster, J. M, and Hoegh-Guldberg, O., 2011. Symbiodinium diversity of mesophotic coral communities on the Great Barrier Reef: a first assessment. Marine Ecology Progress Series 439, 117-126.
- Yokoyama, Y., Webster, J. M., Cotterill, C., Braga, J. C., Jovane, L., Mills, H., Morgan, S., Suzuki, A., and Expedition 325 Scientists, 2011. IODP Expedition 325: Great Barrier Reefs reveals past sea-level, climate and environmental changes during the end of the last Ice age. Scientific Drilling, 12, 32-45, doi:10.2204/iodp.sd.12.04.2011.
- Webster, J. M., Yokoyama, Y., Cotterill, C., and Expedition 325 Scientists 2011. Proceedings of the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program 325, doi:10.2204/iodp.proc.325.2011.
- Harris, D.L, Webster, J. M., De Carli, E.V. Vila-Concejo, A., 2011, Geomorphology and morphodynamics of a sand apron, One Tree Reef, Southern Great Barrier Reef. Journal of Coastal Research, SI (64): 760-764.
- Bridge, T.C.L., Done, T.J., Friedman, A., Beaman, R.J., Williams, S.B., Pizarro, O., and Webster, J.M., 2011, Variability in mesophotic coral reef communities along the Great Barrier Reef, Australia: Marine Ecology Progress Series, v. 428, p. 63-75.
- Faichney, I. D. E., Webster, J. M., Clague, D. A., Potts, D. C., Braga, J. C., Renema, W., 2011. The Impact of the Mid-Pleistocene Transition on the composition of submerged reefs of the Maui-Nui Complex, Hawaii. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 299, 493–506.
- Abbey, E. A., Webster J. M., Braga, J. C., Sugihara, K., Wallace, C. C., Potts, Iryu, Y., D. C., Done, T., Camoin, G, Seard, C.., 2011. Variation in postglacial coralgal assemblages and their paleoenvironmental significance: IODP Expedition 310, Tahiti Sea Level. Global and Planetary Change, 176, 1-2, 173-187.
- Bridge, T., Done, T., Beaman, R. J., Williams, S. B., Pizarro, P., Webster, J. M., 2011. Topography, substratum and benthos relationships on a tropical mesophotic shelf margin, Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Coral Reefs, 30, 143-153. DOI: 10.1007/s00338-010-0677-3.
- Hickey, D. and Bruce, E., 2010. Examining tidal inundation and salt marsh distribution patterns using spatial analysis (Botany Bay, Australia). Journal of Coastal Research, 26(1)94-102.
- Vila-Concejo, A, Hughes, MG, Short, AD, Ranasinghe, R, 2010. Estuarine shoreline processes in a dynamic low-energy system. Ocean Dynamics, 60(2):285-298.
- Pacheco, A, Ferreira, Ó, Williams, JJ, Garel, E, Vila-Concejo, A, Dias, JMA, 2010. Hydrodynamics and equilibrium of a multiple inlet system. Marine Geology, 274(1-4): 32-42.
- Matias, A, Ferreira, Ó, Vila-Concejo, A, Morris, B, Dias, JA, 2010. Short-term morphodynamics of non-storm overwash. Marine Geology, 274(1-4): 69-84.
- Penny, D. (2010) The Mekong River system and the end of the Angkor civilization; a water historical perspective. In T. Tvedt, R. Coopey (Eds.) Rivers and Society: From Early Civilisations to Modern Times. A History of Water, Series II Volume II. I.B. Taurus, London, New York: 129-143.
- Buckley, B.M., Anchukaitis, K.J., Penny, D., Fletcher, R., Cook, E.R., Sano, M., Nam, L.C., Wichienkeeo, A, Minh, T.T., Hong, T.M. (2010) Medieval climate extremes and the demise of Angkor. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. 107(15): 6748-6752
- Penny, D. (in press) China and Southeast Asia. In Metcalfe, S. E., Nash, D. J., (eds) Quaternary Environmental Change in the Tropics. Blackwell Publishing. Oxford. Accepted Sept 08.
- Power, H. E., Hughes M. G., Aagaard T., and Baldock T. E. (2010), Nearshore wave height variation in unsaturated surf, Journal of Geophysical Research, 115(C8), C08030.
Expedition 325 Scientists, 2010. Great Barrier Reef environmental changes: the last deglacial sea level rise in the South Pacific: offshore drilling northeast Australia. IODP Preliminary. Report., 325. doi:10.2204/iodp.pr.325.2010.
- Iryu, Y., Takahashi, Y., Fujita, K., Camoin, G., Cabioch, G., Matsuda, H., Sato, T., Sugihara, K., Webster, J. M., and Westphal, H., 2010. Sea-level history recorded in the Pleistocene carbonate sequence in IODP Hole 310-M0005D, off Tahiti, Island Arc, DOI: 10.1111/j.1440-1738.2010.00737.x
- Williams, S. B., Oscar, P., Webster, J. M., Beaman, R., Mahon, I.M., Johnson-Roberson, M., Bridge, T., 2010, AUV-assisted surveying of drowned reefs on the shelf edge of the Great Barrier Reef, Australia, Journal of Field Robotics, 27, 5, 675-697.
- Faichney, I. D. E., Webster, J. M., Clague, D. A., Paduan, J. B., Fullagar, P. D., 2010. Unraveling the Isostatic and Flexural History of Oahu and the Maui-Nui Complex, Hawaii. Geochem. Geophys. Geosyst., 11, Q07002, doi:10.1029/2010GC003044.
- Abbey, E. A., Webster, J. M., Submerged Reefs. In Encyclopaedia of Modern Coral Reefs, edited by D. Hopley. New York: Springer-Verlag (In Press)
- Webster, J. M., Clague, D. A., Faichney, I. E., Fullagar, P. D., Hein, J. R., Moore, J. G., Paull, C. K., 2010. Early Pleistocene origin of reefs around Lanai, Hawaii. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 290, 3-4, 331-339.
- Hearty, P.J., Webster, J. M., Clague, D.A., Kaufman, D.S., Bright, J., Southon, J., and Renema, W., 2010. A pulse of ooid formation in Maui Nui (Hawaiian Islands) during Termination I. Marine Geology, v. 268, p. 152-162.
- Tager, D., Webster, J. M., Potts, D., Renema, W., Braga, J. C., Pandolfi, J. M., 2010. Community composition and dynamics of Pleistocene reefs during successive sea-level lowstands versus highstands. Ecology, 91(1), 191–200.
- Vila-Concejo, A, Short, AD, Hughes, MG, Ranasinghe, R, 2009. Formation and evolution of a sandwave on an estuarine beach. Journal of Coastal Research, SI(56): 153-157.
- Matias, A, Vila-Concejo, A, Ferreira, Ó, Morris, B.D., Dias, JMA, 2009. Sediment dynamics of barriers with frequent overwash. Journal of Coastal Research, 25(3):768-780.
- Austin, TP, Short, AD, Hughes, MG, Ranasinghe, R, Vila-Concejo, A, 2009. Tidal hydrodynamics of a micro-tidal, wave dominated flood-tide delta: Port Stephens, Australia. Journal of Coastal Research, SI(56): 693-697.
- Matias, A, Ferreira, Ó, Vila-Concejo, A, Morris, B.D., Dias, JMA, 2009. Foreshore and hydrodynamic factors governing overwash. Journal of Coastal Research, SI(56): 636-640.
- Tortora, P., Cowell, P. & Adlam, K, 2009. Transgressive coastal systems (1st part): barrier migration processes and geometric principles. Journal of Mediterranean Earth Sciences, 1:1-13.
- Tortora, P., Cowell, P. & Adlam, K, 2009. Transgressive coastal systems (2nd part): geometric principles of stratal preservation on gently sloping continental shelves. Journal of Mediterranean Earth Sciences, 1:15-32.
- Webster, J. M., Yokoyama, Y., and Cotterill, C., 2009. Great Barrier Reef environmental changes: the last deglacial sea level rise in the South Pacific: offshore drilling northeast Australia. IODP Sci. Prosp., 325. doi:10.2204/iodp.sp.325. 2009.
- Webster, J. M., Braga J. C., Clague, D. A., Coleman-Riker K., Gallup C., Hein, J. R., Potts D., Renema, W., Riding, R., Silver, E., Wallace L., 2009. Coral Reef Evolution on Rapidly Subsiding Margins. Special Issue of Global and Planetary Change, 66, 129–148.
- Koelling, M., Webster, J. M., Camoin, G., Iryu, Y., Bard, E., Seard, C., 2009. SEALEX - Internal reef chronology and virtual drill logs from a spreadsheet-based reef growth model. Special Issue of Global and Planetary Change, 66, 149-159.
- Webster, J.M., Yokoyama, Y., and Cotterill, C., 2009. Great Barrier Reef environmental changes: the last deglacial sea level rise in the South Pacific: offshore drilling northeast Australia. IODP Sci. Prosp.,325. doi:10.2204/iodp.sp.325.2009. http://publications.iodp.org/scientific_prospectus/325/index.html.