Tidal inlet function: field evidence and numerical simulation in the India project

Williams, J.J., O'Connor, B.A., Arens, S.M., Abadie, S., Bell, P., Balouin, Y., Van Boxel, J.H., Do Carmo, A.J., Davidson, M., Ferreira, O., Heron, M., Howa, H., Hughes, Z., Kaczmarek, L.M., Kim, H., Morris, B., Nicholson, J., Pan, S., Salles, P., Silva, A., Smith, J., Soares, C., and Vila-Concejo, A. (2003) Tidal inlet function: field evidence and numerical simulation in the India project. Journal of Coastal Research, 19 (1). pp. 189-211.

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Abstract

In recognition of the environmentally sensitive nature of inlets and of a requirement to improve present knowledge of their function, the INDIA project has studied a small natural tidal inlet located in the Ria Formosa, Algarve, Portugal. The project has used state-of-the-art field equipment to study present day processes, and a range of numerical models to extend the spatial and temporal range of the measurements. Underpinned by knowledge of inlet evolution over several years, and by knowledge of other inlet systems, a conceptual model describing the medium- to long-term evolution of the inlet is presented. Key elements of the model are then examined with reference to field observations and to numerical simulations of tides, waves, sediments and morphology. Supported by historical evidence of inlet evolution in the Ria Formosa, the picture that emerges of inlet dynamics is essentially one of relative simplicity and predictability in the short- to medium-term.

Item ID: 4468
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: Algarve; erosion; inlet dynamics; inlet evolution; migration; Portugal; Ria Formosa
ISSN: 1551-5036
Date Deposited: 17 Jun 2009 02:52
FoR Codes: 04 EARTH SCIENCES > 0405 Oceanography > 040503 Physical Oceanography @ 100%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9699 Other Environment > 969902 Marine Oceanic Processes (excl. Climate Related) @ 100%
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