Adaptive management in a dynamic and complex coastal environment.

New Zealand’s coastlines, harbours and oceans are instrically unique. They are loved by locals and tourists for their beauty, bounty and the recreational activities that they facilitate. These environments are home to thousands of species of native and iconic flora and fauna.

The sustainable management of the coastal and marine environment presents many challenges. Complex coastal processes, climate change and urban population growth put increasing pressure on coastal habitats and infrastructure, and many of our native marine birds and mammals are threatened with extinction. It is the joint responsibility of national and local government, mana whenua, industry and community to cultivate best practice and operational strategies to protect the integrity, state, function and resilience of our coastal and marine environment. Morphum Environmental works with all of these parties to help make these objectives achievable.

Our marine scientists, coastal engineers, GIS analysts, project managers and sustainability experts collaborate to approach the problem from multiple directions.

We investigate best practice methods to solve issues in the coastal space; collect, analyse and make sense of technical information, giving our clients the tools to manage and mitigate impacts to the coastal and marine environment; create and source mapping tools and geospatial outputs, to aid our understanding of the real time status of environments; and give our clients guidance and expertise to inform models for public health on beaches. We are involved in our projects throughout conception, detailed design, construction and consenting, engaging with our clients and stakeholders in a holistic and collaborative way.

Coastal and marine for local and national government:

  • Water quality sampling and public health.
  • Beach outfall management.
  • Coastal inundation control.
  • Coastal erosion protection and asset repair.
  • Coastal impact assessments.
  • Marine spatial planning.
  • Strategic stakeholder planning and public delivery.
  • GIS analysis, drone surveys and habitat mapping.
  • Mangrove management.
  • Coastal walkways and coastal enhancement opportunities.
  • Integrated catchment management.
  • Coastal field surveys.

Managing impacts for developers and businesses:

  • Assessment of environmental effects (AEE).
  • Ecological impact assessments (EIA).
  • Discharge consents.

Education and community engagement:

  • Community and bespoke education programmes.
  • Facilitation of events with volunteer organisations.
  • Stakeholder consultation and engagement.

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