Save Ocean Beach

The natural and physical resources of Ocean beach and its adjacent City Dunedin are under threat and you can help!

Otago Daily Times
By Chris Morris on Fri, 16 Jan 2009
Large volumes of sand may have returned to Dunedin's most popular beaches, but the picture being painted by two University of Otago students may soon show if it is here to stay.

The pair, Teresa Konlechner and Charlotte Kidd, are engaged in a GPS survey of St Clair, St Kilda and Middle beaches, which aims to build a three-dimensional digital model showing the shape of sand deposits on the beaches.

The work is the latest in a series of monthly surveys undertaken by students, contracted to the Dunedin City Council, since last year's severe storms caused more erosion problems, stripping sand from the area.

And it's surprisingly tough work - the students cover up to 22km each day while taking up to 4000 measurements in the hot sun, and have survived close encounters with curious locals including, earlier this week, an angry sea lion and her young the rest of the article here