How do tidal divides affect the morphological evolution of tidal inlets?

K.R.G. Reef, P.C. Roos, H.M. Schuttelaars, S.J.M.H. Hulscher

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Barrier coasts such as the Wadden Sea are important coastal systems that are characterized by a chain of tidal inlets and barrier islands. These systems are highly dynamic, and their long-term (i.e. centurial) morphological evolution is affected by complex interactions between various elements, such as the backbarrier basin and the tidal inlets.
Tidal divides have been identified as important features for the stability of double inlet systems (van de Kreeke et al. 2008), while also allowing residual transport to pass over them (Duran-Matute et al. 2014). Despite these findings, the role of topographic highs (such as tidal divides) on the equilibrium cross-section and spacing of multiple tidal inlets is not yet fully understood. To study that is the aim of this work.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2020
EventNCK Days 2020 - NIOZ, Texel, Netherlands
Duration: 18 Mar 202020 Mar 2020


ConferenceNCK Days 2020
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