BEACH EVOLUTION ON THE SOUTHERN NORTH SEA COAST

Daniel J. Leggett, Jeremy P. Lowe, Nicholas J. Cooper

Abstract


A monitoring programme has been established for the 351km of the UK Southern North Sea Coast (between the Humber and Thames estuaries). This has produced over 3300 beach profiles captured to a clear specification at 1km intervals in summer and winter since 1991. The analysis of this data has been previously linked to specific flood defence and coastal protection engineering schemes. The first analysis on a region wide basis Mas now been undertaken to provide some strategic insight into how the coast is evolving on an Integrated Scale. The analysis provides quantification of the change at the coast, and demonstrates that simple analytical tools combined with geomorphological interpretation can provide meaningful information for coastal management.

Keywords


North Sea; beach evolution

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