Coastal and Marine Geo-Information Systems, Applying the by Eugene Thomas Long

By Eugene Thomas Long

This quantity contains a set of forty chapters through specialists facing the appliance of Geographical info platforms (GIS), distant sensing, cartography, visualisation and worldwide Positioning structures (GPS) to coastal and marine environments around the globe. Aimed basically on the practicing marine and coastal sector supervisor, it offers an up to date exam of the applying of geo-information and spatial applied sciences to a variety of subject matters akin to fisheries, coastal geomorphology, using remotely sensed imagery, coastal crops mapping, coastal pollutants, panorama ecology, and determination help platforms (DSS). viewers: This booklet will be precious to researchers, managers and practitioners at coastal firms, organisations and study facilities, in addition to pros within the marine and coastal GIS and distant sensing undefined.

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The most common design comprises a core of loose fill, overlain by a veneer of large interlocking riprap or armour units (Carter, 1988). Breakwaters may be utilised in two ways: 1) to dissipate and reflect wave energy. 2) to promote sedimentation. Breakwaters placed offshore in the front of a sea wall serve to reduce the force of the incoming waves, and may also prevent some beach scouring that reflection from walls can cause. Likewise, breakwaters in front of soft erodable beaches may lessen the force of the wave attack and hinder removal of material.

Here the older late- and post-glacial landform elements are largely buried by a blown sand landscape carrying evidence of sequent occupance. In both Culbin and Forvie, the story of prehistoric and historic sand-blow cannot be separated from the activities of man. Historical and neo-historical sand-blow at Culbin resulted in 20th century afforestation of the dunes, but at Forvie, the dunes continue to evolve naturally. The very large beach units and their backing forelands described above contrast in size with the small bayhead units set within a rock-girt coastline.

Offshore Topography and Deposits - The Coastal Sediment Bank A supply of materials suitable for transport and capable of being moved by waves and to a lesser extent coastal currents is necessary for any beach form to be created or maintained. This source may be material removed from another coastal location and re-deposited or may be derived from an offshore source. Increasing information on the offshore topography and sub-sea deposits are becoming available through analysis of Admiralty hydrographic surveys and charts.

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