Morphodynamic interactions of continental shelf, beach and dunes: The Cabopino dune system in Southern Mediterranean Spain

Gonzalo Malvarez, Fatima Navas, Emilia Guisado-Pintado, DWT Jackson

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The complex morphodynamic interactions between nearshore, shoreface and dune systems are usually simplified by studying these zones and their associated processes in isolation. However, the established relationships between each of them suggests that an integrated approach is required to examine the genesis, evolution and adaptation of the entire morphodynamic system. The Cabopino dune system in the southern Spanish Mediterranean Sea provides a clear example of a linked morphodynamic system in which a relatively large dune system has been generated and grown through the supply of sediments from an adjacent littoral supply environment. Here, we present a conceptual model of how the nearshore has provided suitable conditions for beach and dune development. We purport that synchronization of sediment activation in the marine and aeolian sections of the system have played a major role in this microtidal setting in which temporal aspects are not only tied to storm action, but to large sedimentary features moving alongshore.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1647-1658
Number of pages12
JournalEarth Surface Processes and Landforms
Issue number8
Early online date21 Feb 2019
Publication statusPublished - 30 Jun 2019



  • Mediterranean Dunes
  • Marbella
  • Nearshore-beach-dune
  • synchronisation
  • Costa del Sol
  • nearshore–beach–dune, synchronization
  • Mediterranean dunes

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