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New typologies for estuarine morphology

Prandle, David; Lane, Andrew; Manning, Andrew J.. 2006 New typologies for estuarine morphology. Geomorphology, 81 (3-4). 309-315. 10.1016/j.geomorph.2006.04.017

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Abstract/Summary

New theories to explain how tides and river flow determine estuarine bathymetries have been developed. The range of validity of these theories has been subsequently assessed against a recently available observational data set. Success in reproducing the evolution of estuarine bathymetries that has occurred over the last 10 000 years provides the basis for the translation, here, of these theories into new typologies. These then provide reference frameworks to enhance our perspective on existing morphologies and identify ‘anomalous’ estuaries. Further refinement of these new theories requires analyses of causal factors responsible for such anomalies drawing on classical morphological experience. These frameworks can also be used for calculating likely future bathymetric adjustments for prescribed changes in mean sea level, tidal amplitudes, river flow and sediment supply.

Item Type: Publication - Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): 10.1016/j.geomorph.2006.04.017
Programmes: POL Programmes
ISSN: 0169555X
NORA Subject Terms: Marine Sciences
Date made live: 24 Aug 2012 13:53
URI: http://nora.nerc.ac.uk/id/eprint/19365

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