Sediment Budget Controls on Foredune Height: Comparing Simulation Model Results with Field Data

Davidson-Arnott, R.G.D. and Hesp, P.A. and Ollerhead, J. and Walker, I.J. and Bauer, B.O. and Delgado-Fernandez, I and Smyth, T.A.G. (2018) Sediment Budget Controls on Foredune Height: Comparing Simulation Model Results with Field Data. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, 43 (9). pp. 1798-1810. ISSN 1096-9837

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The form, height and volume of coastal foredunes reflects the long-term interaction of a suite of nearshore and aeolian processes that control the amount of sand delivered to the foredune from the beach versus the amount removed or carried inland. In this paper, the morphological evolution of foredune profiles from Greenwich Dunes, Prince Edward Island over a period of 80 years is used to inform the development of a simple computer model that simulates foredune growth. The suggestion by others that increased steepness of the seaward slope will retard sediment supply from the beach to the foredune due to development of a flow stagnation zone in front of the foredune, hence limiting foredune growth, was examined. Our long-term data demonstrate that sediment can be transferred from the beach to the foredune, even with a steep foredune stoss slope, primarily because much of the sediment transfer takes place under oblique rather than onshore winds. During such conditions, the apparent aspect ratio of the dune to the oncoming flow is less steep and conditions are not favourable for the formation of a stagnation zone. The model shows that the rate of growth in foredune height varies as a function of sediment input from the beach and erosion due to storm events, as expected, but it also demonstrates that the rate of growth in foredune height per unit volume increase will decrease over time, which gives the perception of an equilibrium height having been reached asymptotically. As the foredune grows in size, an increasing volume of sediment is needed to yield a unit increase in height, therefore the apparent growth rate appears to slow

Item Type: Article
Additional Information and Comments: This is the peer reviewed version of an article that has been accepted for publication in Earth Surface Processes and Landforms. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.
Keywords: Foredune evolution; beach/dune interaction; computer simulation; limits to foredune height
Faculty / Department: Faculty of Science > Geography and Environmental Science
Depositing User: Thomas Smyth
Date Deposited: 17 Jan 2018 16:13
Last Modified: 05 Feb 2019 01:15

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