Connecting aeolian sediment transport with foredune development

Joep G.S. Keijsers, Ate Poortinga, Michel J.P.M. Riksen, Alma V. de Groot

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Foredune volume is an important factor for coastal safety and depends on the balance between erosion through wave attack and sediment input via aeolian transport. Dune erosion can be simulated with good accuracy, but predictions of aeolian sediment transport into the foredunes are still difficult to make. As part of a larger project that aims to model foredune development over decades, the goal of this study is to improve the understanding of the temporal variability in sediment transport at the beach. Measurements of aeolian sediment transport at the beach of barrier island Ameland show that within events, wind velocity and rain are dominant controls. After aggregating wind and precipitation into a single meteorological index, it was found that these controls alone are not sufficient to explain the year-to-year variability in foredune growth rates. In contrast to the volume changes, the variability in the amount of elevation change of the foredune slope can be related to the wind climate and precipitation.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationJubilee Conference Proceedings NCK-days 2012
Subtitle of host publicationCrossing borders in coastal research
EditorsW.M. Kranenburg, E.M. Horstman, K.M. Wijnberg
PublisherUniversity of Twente
ISBN (Print)978-90-365-3342-3
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes
EventNCK-Days 2012: Crossing borders in coastal research - Enschede, Netherlands
Duration: 13 Mar 201216 Mar 2012


ConferenceNCK-Days 2012


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