Sand and Gravel Spits

  • Giovanni Randazzo
  • Derek W.T. Jackson
  • J. Andrew G. Cooper

Part of the Coastal Research Library book series (COASTALRL, volume 12)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. G. Anfuso, Nelson Rangel-Buitrago, Iván Darío Correa Arango
    Pages 1-19
  3. Gustavo Gabriel Bujalesky, Gustavo Gonzalez Bonorino
    Pages 37-50
  4. Ilya V. Buynevich, Albertas Bitinas, Donatas Pupienis
    Pages 67-78
  5. Susana Costas, Luís Rebêlo, Pedro Brito, Christopher I. Burbidge, Maria Isabel Prudêncio, Duncan FitzGerald
    Pages 79-102
  6. Antonino Crisà, Stefania Lanza, Giovanni Randazzo
    Pages 103-121
  7. L. Del Río, J. Benavente, F. J. Gracia, C. Alonso, S. Rodríguez-Polo
    Pages 123-138
  8. Kazimierz Furmańczyk, Stanisław Musielak
    Pages 181-194
  9. Joseph T. Kelley, Daniel F. Belknap, J. Andrew Walsh
    Pages 195-216
  10. Magnus Larson, Jaime Palalane, Hans Hanson
    Pages 217-245
  11. Pierre Stéphan, Serge Suanez, Bernard Fichaut
    Pages 275-288
  12. Alfred Vespremeanu-Stroe, Luminiţa Preoteasa
    Pages 327-339
  13. Back Matter
    Pages 341-344

About this book


This book draws together a series of studies of spit geomorphology and temporal evolution from around the world. The volume offers some unique insights into how these landforms are examined scientifically and how we as humans impact them, offering a global perspective on spit genesis and evolution.

Spits are unique natural environments whose evolution is linked to the adjacent coast and nearshore morphology, sediment supply, coastal dynamics and sea-level change. Over the past century, Global Mean Sea Level (GMSL) has risen by 10 to 20 centimetres and many coastal spits represent the first sentinel against coastal submersion.

Scientific research indicates that sea levels worldwide have been rising at a rate of 3.5 millimetres per year since the early 1990s, roughly twice the average speed of the preceding 80 years. This trend, linked to global warming will undoubtedly cause major changes in spit morphology.

Spits are highly mobile coastal landforms that respond rapidly to environmental change. They therefore represent a signature of past environmental change and provide a landform indicator of climate change.


Coastal Morphology and Landforms Hazard Assessment and Coastal Erosion Laboratory Experiments Littoral Drift Longshore Transport Numerical Modelling Sandy Hooks and Coastal Spits Sediment Supply Sediment Transport

Editors and affiliations

  • Giovanni Randazzo
    • 1
  • Derek W.T. Jackson
    • 2
  • J. Andrew G. Cooper
    • 3
  1. 1.Dipartimento di Fisica e di Scienze della TerraUniversity of MessinaMessinaItaly
  2. 2.Environmental Sciences Research InstituteUniversity of UlsterColeraineUnited Kingdom
  3. 3.Environmental Sciences Research InstituteUniversity of UlsterColeraineUnited Kingdom

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