Dr Annie Lau

Lecturer in Geography

School of Earth and Environmental Sciences
Faculty of Science
annie.lau@uq.edu.au
+61 7 336 56654

Overview

Dr Annie Lau joined UQ in 2016. Her primary research interest is in analysing past occurrences of coastal hazards, in particular extreme waves generated by storms and tsunamis, through sedimentary, geomorphological and historical records for assessing the future threat in coastal areas. In her recent project, Annie used the characteristics of large coastal boulders (e.g. size and distribution of rocks) to estimate the strength of extreme waves and to reconstruct the history of extreme events in the past millennia at a few tropical islands in the Asia-Pacific area. Coastal geomorphology and late Quaternary sea-level change were also examined at study sites, to investigate extreme-wave processes on different kinds of coastlines.

Research Interests

  • Natural hazards
  • Coastal geomorphology
  • Quaternary environments
  • Sedimentology

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, National University of Singapore

Publications

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Available Projects

  • With increasing population and development on the southern Queensland coast, accurate coastal hazard (e.g. cyclone, tsunami) risk assessment is essential for protecting people’s lives and properties, however this is currently hampered by short duration and spatially limited historical records. This study aims to determine long-term (millennial scale) records and to identify the maximum magnitude of cyclones (and possibly tsunami) from the landscape and the sedimentary record in southern Queensland. This will expand the coastal hazard event dataset, thereby improving risk assessment and guiding management strategies.

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Publications

Book

Journal Article

Possible Research Projects

Note for students: The possible research projects listed on this page may not be comprehensive or up to date. Always feel free to contact the staff for more information, and also with your own research ideas.

  • With increasing population and development on the southern Queensland coast, accurate coastal hazard (e.g. cyclone, tsunami) risk assessment is essential for protecting people’s lives and properties, however this is currently hampered by short duration and spatially limited historical records. This study aims to determine long-term (millennial scale) records and to identify the maximum magnitude of cyclones (and possibly tsunami) from the landscape and the sedimentary record in southern Queensland. This will expand the coastal hazard event dataset, thereby improving risk assessment and guiding management strategies.