Morphologic change and morphodynamics at high-energy embayed beaches in Southwestern Portugal

Carlos Loureiro, Óscar Ferreira, Andrew Cooper

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Along the southwestern coast of Portugal, a high-energy, swelldominated environment with a markedly seasonal wave climate, morphologicchange in three embayed beaches was regularly monitored over a two year period.While a general seasonal pattern was identified, the occurrence of a storm groupinduced dramatic beach response, producing marked interannual variability.Significant spatial variations in behaviour emerged during the monitoring period,inducing alongshore non-uniform beach change within each embayment. Megaripswere the prevailing mechanism responsible for the extreme erosion experienced inall three beaches, and their specific location (controlled by topography) contributesto the variability observed within each beach. Despite severe beach erosion, duneswere unaffected, which suggests long-term stability of these high-energy,dissipative, embayed coastlines.Introduction
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationUnknown Host Publication
EditorsJ.D. Rosati, P Wang, T.M. Roberts
PublisherWorld Scientific Publishing
Number of pages14
ISBN (Print)ISBN 978-981-4355-52
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - 2011
EventCoastal Sediments 2011 - Miami
Duration: 1 Jan 2011 → …


ConferenceCoastal Sediments 2011
Period1/01/11 → …


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