Expert in coastline erosion and recovery from changes in the size of waves, sediment supply, and water levels.
Kristen’s research focuses on the application and development of remote sensing technologies to study the nearshore zone; specifically sand bar dynamics and sediment transport. Most recently, she spent 2 years at Griffith University as a member of the Future Coastlines project developing and testing sediment transport and dune erosion models in the context of extreme events and climate change. Kristen came to WRL in 2011 and was a member of the 3-year ARC funded project Australian Coastal Observation Network: Monitoring and Forecasting Coastal Erosion in a Changing Climate. Her research focused on the development of long term shoreline change models, as well as monitoring beach morphology at 10 sites along the NSW coastline and assessing the capability of surf cams to measure relevant surf zone parameters for coastal monitoring purposes.
Recently Kristen has been involved with research projects to examine the hydrodynamics (waves and water levels) over reefs during exteme (cyclone) conditions. This work is particularly important in the context of rising sea levels and climate change, where Pacific Island Nations may become more vulnerable to these events due to reef submergence and degradation.