Morphodynamics of Mediterranean Mixed Sand and Gravel Coasts

  • Miguel Ortega-Sánchez
  • Rafael J. Bergillos
  • Alejandro López-Ruiz
  • Miguel A. Losada

Part of the SpringerBriefs in Earth Sciences book series (BRIEFSEARTH)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Miguel Ortega-Sánchez, Rafael J. Bergillos, Alejandro López-Ruiz, Miguel A. Losada
    Pages 1-9
  3. Miguel Ortega-Sánchez, Rafael J. Bergillos, Alejandro López-Ruiz, Miguel A. Losada
    Pages 11-22
  4. Miguel Ortega-Sánchez, Rafael J. Bergillos, Alejandro López-Ruiz, Miguel A. Losada
    Pages 23-37
  5. Miguel Ortega-Sánchez, Rafael J. Bergillos, Alejandro López-Ruiz, Miguel A. Losada
    Pages 39-62
  6. Miguel Ortega-Sánchez, Rafael J. Bergillos, Alejandro López-Ruiz, Miguel A. Losada
    Pages 63-80

About this book

Introduction

This book describes recent advances in the morphodynamics of mixed sand and gravel Mediterranean coasts, and provides updates and new methods for their study and management. It assesses how the differences in the geomorphic setting, in comparison with traditional sandy beaches, result in distinctive physical processes governing the dynamics of these coasts. Further, on the basis of field measurements, theoretical analysis and numerical modeling carried out at two study sites in southern Spain over the last 15 years, the book studies, analyzes and compares these physical processes and mechanisms. It also shows that the narrow and complex bathymetries and inner shelves modify the wave propagation patterns and hence, the longshore sediment transport gradients along the coast. Given the correlation between the changes in these gradients and the shoreline evolution over time, it identifies the complexity of the inner shelf bathymetries as the main driver of coastal changes and describes these processes in detail using, in the plan view, the inter-annual evolution of unaltered and “altered by human” beaches. Lastly, the book details how the generation and subsequent overlapping of berms across the beach profile are responsible for the sediment variability at depth and cross-shore, and concludes that the total run-up (including the water-level) is a more influential variable than wave height in the erosional/depositional response of these beaches.

Keywords

Mixed sand and Mediterranean gravel beaches Morphodynamics and beaches Field measurements and Mediterranean sand/gravel beaches Numerical modeling of beaches Wave propagation of Mediterranean beaches

Authors and affiliations

  • Miguel Ortega-Sánchez
    • 1
  • Rafael J. Bergillos
    • 2
  • Alejandro López-Ruiz
    • 3
  • Miguel A. Losada
    • 4
  1. 1.Andalusian Institute for Earth System ResearchUniversity of Granada GranadaSpain
  2. 2.Andalusian Institute for Earth System ResearchUniversity of GranadaGranadaSpain
  3. 3.Department of Aerospace Engineering and Fluid MechanicsUniversity of SevilleSevilleSpain
  4. 4., Andalusian Institute for Earth System ResearchUniversity of GranadaGranadaSpain

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-52440-5
  • Copyright Information The Author(s) 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Earth and Environmental Science
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-52439-9
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-52440-5
  • Series Print ISSN 2191-5369
  • Series Online ISSN 2191-5377
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