Coastal impact of onshore wind farms in Australia

Harvey, Nick, and Dew, Romana E.C. (2016) Coastal impact of onshore wind farms in Australia. Journal of Coastal Research, 75. pp. 992-996.

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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.

Item ID: 49362
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1551-5036
Keywords: coastal management, wind farms, aesthetics, coastal landscapes
Funders: Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)
Projects and Grants: CSIRO Flagship Collaboration Fund
Date Deposited: 13 Jun 2017 02:15
FoR Codes: 05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050204 Environmental Impact Assessment @ 100%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9605 Ecosystem Assessment and Management > 960503 Ecosystem Assessment and Management of Coastal and Estuarine Environments @ 100%
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