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Environmental management of clastic coastal depositional environments: inferences from an Australian geomorphic database

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Harris, PT and Heap, AD, Environmental management of clastic coastal depositional environments: inferences from an Australian geomorphic database, Ocean & Coastal Management, 46, (5) pp. 457-478. ISSN 0964-5691 (2003) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1016/S0964-5691(03)00018-8

Abstract

Simple, conceptual geomorphic models can assist environmental managers in making informed decisions regarding management of the coast at continental and regional scales. This basic information, detected from aerial photographs and/or satellite images, can be used to ascertain the relative significance of several common environmental issues, including: sediment trapping efficiency, turbidity, water circulation, and habitat change due to sedimentation for different types of clastic coastal depositional environments. The classification of 780 Australian clastic coastal depositional environments based on their geomorphology is used to derive a coastal regionalisation, comprised of a distinctivc suite of environments for each region. Because of the close link between the relative influence of waves and tides and the geomorphology of clastic coastal depositional environments, a basic understanding of the broad geomorphic and sedimentary characteristics by environmental managers will assist them in ascertaining the relative significance of environmental issues in each region. The benefit of this approach is that it provides guidance in tailoring management schemes differently for each region, resulting in more effective and efficient treatment of these issues. Crown Copyright © 2003 Published by Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Earth Sciences
Research Group:Physical Geography and Environmental Geoscience
Research Field:Geomorphology and Regolith and Landscape Evolution
Objective Division:Environment
Objective Group:Physical and Chemical Conditions of Water
Objective Field:Physical and Chemical Conditions of Water in Coastal and Estuarine Environments
Author:Heap, AD (Dr Andrew Heap)
ID Code:28689
Year Published:2003
Web of Science® Times Cited:26
Deposited By:Geography and Environmental Studies
Deposited On:2003-08-01
Last Modified:2004-03-31
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