3D Modelling the Effects of Climate Change on the Coast of NSW

                                                                                                                                                                              

                                                                                                                                                                                 Ben Bartlett - October 2007

                         

                        Abstract                   Method                   Results               Conclusion                   Future Study                 Contact

Future Study

Investigation of the effects of sea level rise in the future should address a number of concerns.

Water movement

This project has not considered the movement of the sea or lake water, due tidal effects, surface level variations and other hydrological factors. To increase the usefulness of the models, it may be desirable to consider these aspects gor future investigations. Furthermore, the use of real, or measured data, from the ocean and lake instead of theoretical data may contribute to optimising future models. Combining this with the DEMs may generate scenarios that more accurately portray the movement of the subject bodies of water than those displayed in this project.

Software

ArcGIS has a number of shortcomings which limit its appropriateness for sea level rise modelling on a large spatial scale. Whilst the models and animations in this thesis were generated using ArcGIS, the program does not handle large amounts of data therefore modelling of a local government area (LGA), for example would be difficult in one step. To model an LGA using ALS data in ArcGIS would not be feasible. Investigations into using another modelling program would be advisable. This also has the potential of increasing the usefulness of 3D modelling for end-users.