Coastal Systems by Simon K. Haslett

By Simon K. Haslett

Coastal Systems bargains a concise advent to the methods, landforms, ecosystems, and administration of coasts. each one bankruptcy is illustrated and comprises topical case stories from worldwide resembling: * Tsunami's in Papua New Guinea * cliff cave in in Southern England * the nice Barrier Reef * the Indian 'Super Cyclone' of 1999 * the effect of improvement within the Florida Keys. Introductory chapters determine the significance of coasts and clarify how they're studied inside of a approach framework. next chapters discover the position of waves, rivers and sea point alterations in coastal evolution. the ultimate bankruptcy studies the human pressures and administration of coastal structures.

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However, there are three types of equilibrium (Fig. 3 Types of equilibrium. Source: Briggs et al. (1997: 7, fig. 10). 8 • Coastal systems: definitions, energy and classification 1. 2. 3. 3 Steady-state equilibrium – this refers to a situation where variations in energy and the morphological repsonse do not deviate too far from the long-term average. For example, along a coast that experiences relatively consistent wave-energy conditions, the gradient of a beach may be steeper at certain times of the year, and shallower at others, but the average annual gradient is similar from year to year.

World Scientific, Singapore, 519pp. An advanced text in ocean engineering aspects of coastal systems. The periodicals Journal of Coastal Research, Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science, Shore and Beach, Journal of Coastal Conservation, Marine Geology and others should be consulted regularly for individual research papers, themed sections, and special issues devoted to particular topics. 2 Wave-dominated coastal systems All coasts are affected to a certain degree by wave activity, and waves provide the energy that drives many of the coastal processes that create many of the worlds most spectacular coasts.

Asteroid impacts act in the same way as throwing a stone into a pool, where a combination of displacement and energy transfer occurs between the impacting body and the surface water. Displacement may also occur due to slope instability on the flanks of volcanoes that may have generated large tsunami in the past, and present a risk for the future (Whelan and Kelletat, 2003). In the open ocean, tsunami are similar to wind waves in that wave-heights are often small, commonly no more than 1 m high, and ships at sea would not normally notice a tsunami passing beneath them.

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