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Citizens take the lead on science, measuring impacts on shifting tides

The people of Port Fairy were shocked into action by the sudden vanishing of their beach in 2013. Their efforts have inspired a statewide initiative to understand the impacts of rising seas. Emily Johnson and Ashleigh Hastings report.

Citizens take the lead on science, measuring impacts on shifting tides

At Port Fairy, efforts by citizen scientists to monitor the vulnerable coast have inspired similar programs in other coastal communities. Photo: Steven Zoricic

Words by Emily Johnson
Audio report by Ashleigh Hastings
Photos by Steven Zoricic

Unless something shifts dramatically – and soon – humanity will overshoot global ambitions to hold temperature rise to 2°C this century.

In this special series, Future Forecast: Spotlight on the South-West, University of Melbourne journalism students take a deep dive into what this means on the ground – and in the ocean – for communities along Victoria’s south-west coast. This is part of an ongoing Citizen Regional Reporting Project, with future editions focusing on other parts of the state.

This article is a multimedia feature, and co-published with ABC Regional Radio (Ballarat).

To visit this multi-media report, click here.


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