Climate change impact on NW Shelf seabed evolution and its implication for offshore pipeline design Journal Article uri icon



  • ; ; In this paper, the impact of climate change on seabed sediment transport in the north-western region of the Australian Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) has been investigated by a state-of-the-art numerical sediment transport model, Sedsim. It links the environmental forces and seabed response into a dynamic sedimentation system. Although numerical implementation of some forcing and responses is approximate, it is a significant step forward in understanding the nature of potential long-term seabed changes as well as in evaluating the likely impact of climate change on the northwest Australian continental shelf. It was found that:; the modelled high-energy climate change scenario produced 17% and 38% increases on total volumes of seabed transport in the northern and southern part of the Australian northwest region respectively;; the Indonesian ThroughFlow (ITF), the Leeuwin Current (LC) and high energy waves (associated with tropical cyclones) play the most important roles in large-scale long-term evolution of the NW seafloor;; offshore pipeline design could usefully incorporate the changed risk profiles due to long-term non-stationarity of climate-derived forcing processes.; ;

publication date

  • January 1, 2008

Date in CU Experts

  • November 4, 2020 9:08 AM

Full Author List

  • Li F; Griffiths C; Salles T; Dyt C; Feng M; Jenkins C

author count

  • 6

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International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1326-4966

Additional Document Info

start page

  • 171

end page

  • 171


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