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Introduction to Coastal Environments and Global Change

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Title of host publicationCoastal Environments and Global Change
DatePublished - 13 Mar 2015
Number of pages27
Original languageEnglish
ISBN (Electronic)9781119117261
ISBN (Print)9780470656594


The coast represents that region of the Earth's surface that has been affected by coastal processes, i.e. waves and tides, during the Quaternary geological period (the last 2.6 M years). To provide the theoretical framework and the scope of this book, this introductory chapter first discusses the dominant paradigm for coastal research ('morphodynamics'). This is followed by a summary of the dominant elements of climate change relevant to the coastal zone. Finally, the chapter focuses on a scale from simple to complex, different types of models: conceptual, empirical, behaviour-oriented, and process-based morphodynamic models. The examples used to illustrate the different modelling approaches all pertain to the same coastal process: the response of barrier systems to storms and sea- level rise.

    Research areas

  • Climate change, Climate models, Coastal environments, Coastal morphodynamics

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