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Morphology and historical evolution of north-east Atlantic coastal deposits: the west Donegal estuaries, north-west Ireland.

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Burningham, H and Cooper, Andrew (2004) Morphology and historical evolution of north-east Atlantic coastal deposits: the west Donegal estuaries, north-west Ireland. JOURNAL OF COASTAL RESEARCH, Sp. Iss. 41 (Sp. Iss. 41). pp. 148-159. [Journal article]

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Abstract

Estuaries on the north-west coast of Ireland exhibit varying scales of morphological change, both temporally and spatially. Morphological changes in the west Donegal estuaries over the last 200 years (historical/meso-scale) determined from maps and aerial photographs provide a regional assessment of coastal evolution over this medium-term scale. A conceptual model of estuarine morphodynamics is presented. This is supported by estimations of sediment budgets associated with channel migration and dune erosion within the inlet regions, which occur in rock-bounded discrete coastal cells. Significant shifts in morphology, particularly inlet configuration and dune character, appear to have occurred at specific times or during certain decadal periods within the last 200 years. Potential forcing mechanisms, such as the occurrence of high-energy events or changing wind and wave climate associated with changes in the North Atlantic Oscillation are discussed.

Item Type:Journal article
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Life and Health Sciences
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences > School of Environmental Sciences
Research Institutes and Groups:Environmental Sciences Research Institute
Environmental Sciences Research Institute > Coastal Systems
ID Code:1392
Deposited By:Professor Andrew Cooper
Deposited On:26 Nov 2009 12:20
Last Modified:15 Jun 2011 11:17

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