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Type: Conference paper
Title: Coastal impacts of onshore wind farms in Australia
Author: Harvey, N.
Dew, R.E.
Citation: Journal of Coastal Research: an international forum for the littoral sciences, 2016 / Vila-Concejo, A., Bruce, E., Kennedy, D.M., McCaroll, R.J. (ed./s), vol.1, iss.75, pp.992-996
Publisher: Coastal Education and Research Foundation (CERF)
Issue Date: 2016
ISSN: 1551-5036
Conference Name: 14th International Coastal Symposium (06 Mar 2016 - 11 Mar 2016 : Sydney, NSW)
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Nick Harvey and Romana E.C. Dew
Abstract: The global expansion of wind-generated power has resulted in a rapid proliferation of both onshore and offshore wind farms, particularly in Europe. Australia like the rest of the world has experienced a rapid increase in wind power over the last decade but unlike Europe, its coastal wind farms are all located onshore mostly in the southern part of the country where wind energy resources are high. Around half of the wind farms are located in rural coastal locations. This paper discusses the various environmental, social and political issues associated with coastal wind farm development in Australia by assessing the coastal impact of wind farms and the adequacy of coastal management strategies for dealing with such impacts. The paper concludes that the technological pace of coastal wind farm development has outstripped the development control process, which has resulted in a largely unforeseen cumulative impact on the Australian coast.
Keywords: Coastal Management; wind farms; aesthetics; coastal landscapes
Rights: © Coastal Education and Research Foundation, Inc. 2016
RMID: 0030047497
DOI: 10.2112/SI75-199.1
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