THE EXTENT OF INLET IMPACTS UPON ADJACENT SHORELINES

Kevin R. Bodge

Abstract


The erosional impacts of improved inlets upon adjacent shorelines may be best estimated by first computing the volume of material removed from the littoral system and then examining the adjacent shorelines to identify the length along which this volumetric impact has been manifest. This contrasts with the traditional approach whereby erosion is identified along afinite reach ofshoreline and attempts are then made to link the erosion to a plausible cause. The length and volume of inlet-related erosion at two inlets considered herein are significantly greater than that traditionally ascribed to the inlets. Both feature near-field andfar-field downdrift erosion signatures separated by stable shoreline.

Keywords


inlet impact; shoreline

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