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Post-storm geomorphic recovery and resilience of a prograding coastal dune system
Bullard, J.E.; Ackerley, D.; Millett, J.; Chandler, J.H.; Montreuil, A.-L. (2019). Post-storm geomorphic recovery and resilience of a prograding coastal dune system. Environmental Research Communications 1(1): 011004.
In: Environmental Research Communications. IOP Publishing: United. e-ISSN 2515-7620, meer
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Author keywords
    beach-dune recovery; geomorphic resilience; storm surge; prograding coast

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  • Bullard, J.E.
  • Ackerley, D.
  • Millett, J.
  • Chandler, J.H.
  • Montreuil, A.-L., meer

    Geomorphic resilience is the capacity of a system to recover to pre-disturbance conditions following a perturbation. The 2013/14 Atlantic winter storm period had extensive geomorphological impacts and provides an opportunity to assess coastline resilience. This paper uses high spatio-temporal resolution data to quantify the beach-dune response and subsequent recovery of a prograding coastline following the 5 December 2013 North Sea storm surge. It demonstrates that despite the high water levels and destructive nature of the storm, the beach-dune system recovered sediment rapidly over the first post-storm year. Within four years the dune advance had exceeded the seawards position expected based on long-term coastal trends but had not yet recovered the pre-storm foredune profile. Cumulative evidence from numerous European locations suggests one of the stormiest periods on record triggered only a minor disturbance to what appear to be highly resilient beach-dune systems.

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