Beach references


Suggested citation

SLSA (OzCoasts) 2009, Australian Beach Safety and Management Program database, Surf Life Saving Australia, Bondi Beach, 2009.

Books and articles

The results of the ABSAMP program are published in 12 books (with eight of the books covering the beaches of each state and the Northern Territory) and in 34 related publications.

books of Coast of Australia


  1. Short, A.D. (ed.) 1993, Beach and Surf Zone Morphodynamics. Special Issue 15, Journal of Coastal Research, Coastal and Educational Research Foundation, Florida, 231 pp.
  2. Short, A.D., 1993, Beaches Of The New South Wales Coast. Australian Beach Safety and Management Project, Sydney, 358 pp.
  3. Short, A D, 1996, Beaches of the Victorian Coast and Port Phillip Bay. Australian Beach Safety and Management Project, Sydney, 298 pp.
  4. Short, A D, (ed), 1999, Beach and Shoreface Morphodynamics. John Wiley and Sons, Chichester, 379 pp.
  5. Short, A D, 2000, Beaches of the Queensland Coast: Cooktown to Coolangatta. Australian Beach Safety and Management Project, Sydney, 360 pp.
  6. Short, A D, 2001, Beaches of the Southern Australian Coast and Kangaroo Island. Sydney University Press, Sydney, 346 pp.
  7. Short, A D, 2005, Beaches of the Western Australian Coast: Eucla to Roebuck Bay. Sydney University Press, Sydney, 433 pp.
  8. Short, A D, 2006a, Beaches of the Tasmanian Coast and Islands. Sydney University Press, Sydney, 353 pp.
  9. Short, A D, 2006b, Beaches of Northern Australia: The Kimberley, Northern Territory and Cape York. Sydney University Press, Sydney, 463 pp. Thom, B G and Short, A D, 2006, Australian Coastal Geomorphology 1984-2004. Journal of Coastal Research, 22, 1-245
  10. Short, A.D., 2007, Beaches Of The New South Wales Coast. 2nd edition, Sydney University Press, Sydney. 398 pp.
  11. Short, A D and Woodroffe, C D, 2009. The Coast of Australia. Cambridge University Press, Melbourne, 288 pp.


  1. Short, A D, 1979, Three-dimensional beach stage model, Journal Geology, 553-571.
  2. Short, A D and Wright, L D,1981, Beach systems of the Sydney Region, Australian Geographer, 15, 8-16.
  3. Short, A.D. and Hesp, P.A., 1982, Wave, beach and dune interactions in south eastern Australia. Marine Geology, 48, 259-284.
  4. Short, A.D. and Wright, L.D., 1984, Morphodynamics of high energy beaches – an Australian perspective. In B.G. Thom (ed.) Coastal Geomorphology in Australia, Academic Press, 43-68.
  5. Wright, L D and Short, A D, 1984, Morphodynamic variability of surf zones and beaches: A synthesis. Marine Geology, 56, 93-118.
  6. Short, A D, 1985, Rip current type, spacing and persistence, Narrabeen Beach, Australia. Marine Geology, 65, 47-71.
  7. Short, A D, 1987, A note on the control of beach type and change, with S.E. Australian examples. Journal Coastal. Research, 3, 387-395.
  8. Short, A D, 1988a, The South Australian coast and Holocene sea-level transgression. Geographical Review, 78, 119-136.
  9. Short, A D, 1988b, Holocene coastal dune formation in southern Australia – A case study. Sedimentary Geology, 55, 121-142.
  10. Short, A.D., 1988, Areas of Australia’s coast prone to sea-level inundation. In Pearman, G.I. (ed.) Greenhouse, Planning for Climatic Change. CSIRO Melbourne, 93-104.
  11. Short, A D, 1989, Chenier research on the Australian coast. Marine Geology, 90, 345-331.
  12. Short, A.D. and Hogan, C.L., 1989, Sydney’s southern beaches – characteristics and hazards. In Fabbri, P. (ed.), Recreational Uses of Coastal Areas, Kluwer Acad. Publ., 199-209.
  13. Short, A D and Trenaman, N L,1992, Wave climate of the Sydney region: an energetic and highly variable ocean wave regime. Australian Journal Marine and Freshwater Research, 43, 765-791.
  14. Short, A D, Williamson, B and Hogan, C L, 1993, The Australian Beach Safety and Management Program – Surf Life Saving Australia’ approach to beach safety and coastal planning. 11th Australasian Conference on Coastal and Ocean Engineering, Townsville The Institution of Engineers, Australia, National Conference Publication 93/4, 113-118.
  15. Short, A.D. and Hogan, C.L., 1994, Rips and beach hazards, their impact on public safety and implications for coastal management. Journal of Coastal Research., Special Issue 12, 197-209.
  16. Jones, A and Short, A D, 1995, Sandy Beaches. In Underwood, A J and Chapman, G (eds) Coastal Marine Ecology in Temperate Australia, University of New South Wales Press, 136-151.
  17. Short, A D,Cowell, P J, Cadee, M, Hall, W and van Dijck, B, 1995, Beach rotation and possible relation to the Southern Oscillation. Ocean and Atmosphere Pacific, Adelaide, 5 pp.
  18. Short, A D and Brander, R, 1999, Regional variation in rip density. Journal of Coastal Research, 15, 813-822.
  19. Brander, R and Short, A D, 2000, Morphodynamics of a large scale rip current system. Marine Geology, 165, 27-39.
  20. Brander, R W and Short, A D, 2001, Flow kinematics of a low-energy rip current system. Journal of Coastal Research, 17, 468-481.
  21. Brander, R A, Cowell, P J and Short, A D, 2001, Morphometric approaches to describing rip current behaviour. Journal of Coastal Research SI 34, 128-137.
  22. Short, A D, 2002, The distribution and impacts of carbonate sands on southern Australia beach-dune systems. In Magoon, O T, Robbins, L L and Ewing, L (eds), Carbonate Beaches 2000, American Society of Civil Engineers, Reston, 236-250.
  23. Short, A D, 2003, Australia beach systems – the morphodynamics of wave through tide-dominated beach-dune systems. Journal of Coastal Research SI 35, 7-20.
  24. Ranasinghe, R, McLoughlin, R, Short, A D and Symonds, G, 2004, The Southern Oscillation Index, wave climate and beach rotation. Marine Geology, 204, 273-287.
  25. Short, A D and Trembanis, A, 2004, Decadal scale patterns in beach oscillation and rotation Narrabeen Beach, Australia- time series, PCA and wavelet analysis. Journal of Coastal Research, 20, 523-532.
  26. Short, A D, 2005, Wind, waves and beaches. In Stewart, C & Hewitt, R (eds), Waves of the Future, Science Foundation for Physics, University of Sydney, Sydney, 156-169.
  27. Short, A D, 2006, Australian beach systems- nature and distribution. Journal of Coastal Research, 22, 11-27.
  28. Thom, B G and Short, A D, 2006, Introduction: Australian Coastal Geomorphology 1984-2004. Journal of Coastal Research, 22, 1-10.
  29. Farmer, B and Short, A D, 2007, Australian National Surfing Reserves – rationale and process for recognising iconic surfing locations. Journal of Coastal Research, SI 50, 99- 103, Gold Coast, Australia.
  30. Callaghan, D P, Ranasinghe, R and Short, A D, 2009, Quantifying the storm erosion hazard for coastal planning. Coastal Engineering, 56, 90-93. IN PRESS (will be available digitally when published)
  31. Short, A D, in press, Role of geological inheritance in Australia beach morphodynamics. Coastal Engineering.
  32. Short, A D, Sediment transport around Australia – sources, mechanisms, rates and barrier forms, Journal of Coastal Research.
  33. Harley, M D, Turner, I L, Short A D and Ranasinghe, R, in press, Evaluation of a multi-decadal beach survey program for assessing climate-coastal variability. Journal of Geophysical Research.
  34. Harley, M D, Turner, I L, Short, A D and Ranasinghe, R, in press, Inter-annual variability and controls of the Sydney wave climate. International Journal of Climatology.