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Global climate change: an opportunity for coastal dunes??
Psuty, N.P.; Silveira, T.M. (2010). Global climate change: an opportunity for coastal dunes?? J. Coast. Conserv. 14(2): 153-160.
In: Journal of Coastal Conservation. Opulus/Springer: Uppsala. ISSN 1400-0350, more
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    Coastal dunes; Marine
Author keywords
    Foredune; Sea-level rise; Coastal geomorphology

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  • Psuty, N.P.
  • Silveira, T.M.

    The predictions for coastal change under the scenario of global sea-level rise offer impending disaster for the variety of coastal morphologies, their associated habitats, and the accompanying infrastructure. However, the predictions tend to ignore the role of sediment budget in the maintenance of coastal morphology and the dynamics of sediment transfers in the beach-dune sand-sharing system. Accepting that shoreline displacement may be an outcome of sea-level rise and a negative sediment budget, conditions are presented that could lead to a positive or equilibrium sediment budget in the coastal foredune and the retention of the foredune system even as it is being displaced. Accommodation space is a key requirement for the continued functioning of the foredune morphologies during periods of sea-level rise.

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