Coastal and Shelf Sediment Transport - Special Publication by P. S. Balson, M. B. Collins

By P. S. Balson, M. B. Collins

For the geoscientist, curiosity in sediment dynamics pertains to the knowledge of contemporary techniques, including their extrapolation to the translation of old deposits in the stratigraphic checklist. through the years, a variety of dimension concepts and clinical methods were utilized to the selection of sediment delivery pathways and the derivation of abrasion, delivery and deposition charges. lately, a couple of new strategies and techniques were constructed, linked to diversified temporal and spatial scales, and it really is applicable and well timed to check a consultant choice, by means of connection with lately undertaken coastal and shelf investigations. a few of the contributions within the quantity conceal, for instance: optical and acoustic backscatter measurements; particle monitoring; using multibeam imagery; grain-size development research; and analytic, numerical and conceptual modelling. even supposing no unmarried approach offers a whole strategy to the matter posed, this evaluation will help sedimentologists and sediment dynamicists of their number of the main acceptable ways, in the direction of the institution of 'high self assurance' within the interpretation of sediment delivery charges and directions.Also on hand: Alluvial enthusiasts: Geomorphology, Sedimentology, Dynamics - ISBN 1862391890 Submarine Slope platforms - ISBN 1862391777 Sediment Flux to Basins: motives, Controls and outcomes - ISBN 1862390959

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Longshore sediment transport: a realistic orderof-magnitude estimate. " Coastal Sediments '03. ASCE, 1-14. MALVAREZ, G. C. & COOPER, J. A. G. 2000. A wholesurf zone approach to modelling nearshore circulations. Journal of Coastal Research, 16, 800-815 MILLER, H. C. 1999. Field measurement of longshore sediment transport during storms. Coastal Engineering, 36, 301-321. MORTON, R. , GIBEAUT, J. C. & PAINE, J. C. 1995. Meso-scale transfer of sand during and after storms: implications for prediction of shoreline movement.

Longshore drift mathematical models are all based on the assumption that field data exist against which the model can be 'verified' or 'calibrated'. Given the constraints on measuring longshore transport, it is clear that these conditions do not exist. Models, in addition, simplify nearshore dynamics, sedimentology and geomorphology and are incapable of accommodating the complexity of longshore transport outlined above (Thieler et al. 2000). There is also no means of testing them. This in part explains the fact that 'numerical models that have not been calibrated to a site with field data differ from each other and from prototype measures by orders of magnitude (Schoonees & Theron 1995; White 1996, 1998).

SCHUTTENHELM,R. Z. E. • VAN WEERING,T. C. E. (eds) Holocene Marine Sedimentation in the North Sea Basin, International Association Sedimentologists Special Publications, 5, 415-428. GREEN, M. , PEARSON,N. , THOMAS, M. , REES, C. , REES, J. M. & OWEN, T. R. E. 1992. Design of a data logger and instrument mounting platform for seabed sediment-transport research. Continental Shelf Research, 12, 543-562. GREEN, M. , BELL, R. , DOLPHIN, T. J. & SWALES, A. 2000. Silt and sand transport in a deep tidal channel of a large estuary (Manukau Harbour, New Zealand).

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