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Large-scale spatial variability in the contemporary coastal sand and gravel resource, Suffolk, eastern UK

Burningham, H; French, J; (2015) Large-scale spatial variability in the contemporary coastal sand and gravel resource, Suffolk, eastern UK. In: Proceedings of Coastal Sediments 2015. World Scientific: San Diego, CA, USA. Green open access

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Abstract

The response of coastal systems to changes in sea level and storm events is often dependent on the availability of sediment and sustainability of sediment supply. This paper analyses the changing sediment resource of a driftaligned shoreline in eastern England, UK, over centennial and decadal timescales. Spatial variability in cross-shore extent and elevational distribution of this mixed sand and gravel system exerts a significant control on the ability of different stretches of this shoreline to respond dynamically to changes in marine forcing. Furthermore, anthropogenic interference has led to the development of unnaturally high beach ridges in some places, which contrasts with the absence of intertidal or supratidal sediment along stretches dominated by seawalls.

Type: Proceedings paper
Title: Large-scale spatial variability in the contemporary coastal sand and gravel resource, Suffolk, eastern UK
Event: Coastal Sediments, San Diego, USA, 11-15 May, 2015
Location: San Diego
Dates: 11 May 2015 - 15 May 2015
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1142/9789814689977_0051
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1142/9789814689977_0051
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of Geography
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1522634
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