Kench, P. S., Bryan, K. R., Hart, D. E., Kennedy, D. M., & Hilton, M. J. (2008). A commentary on coastal research in New Zealand universities. New Zealand Geographer, 64(2), 93-104.
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University research in coastal geomorphology, processes and management has made a major contribution to the fundamental understanding of coastal systems in New Zealand over the past 43 years. This article examines the growth in university-based coastal research since 1964 and discusses the geographical pattern and themes of this research. Data indicate a significant geographical concentration of research effort and focus on a narrow range of research themes. Underlying reasons for these characteristics of New Zealand coastal research are explored and challenges facing university based research are discussed. Such challenges can be overcome through a more coordinated research effort to realize the huge potential to undertake coastal science of national relevance and international significance.