Coastline responses to changing storm patterns

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Researchers and coastal managers are pondering how accelerated sea-level rise and possibly intensified storms will affect shorelines. These issues are most often investigated in a cross-shore profile framework, fostering the implicit assumption that coastline responses will be approximately uniform in the alongshore direction. However, experiments with a recently developed numerical model of coastline change on a large spatial domain suggest that the shoreline responses to climate change could be highly variable. As storm and wave climates change, large-scale coastline shapes are likely to shift - causing areas of greatly accelerated coastal erosion to alternate with areas of considerable shoreline accretion. On complex-shaped coastlines, including cuspate-cape and spit coastlines, the alongshore variation in shoreline retreat rates could be an order of magnitude higher than the baseline retreat rate expected from sea-level rise alone. Copyright 2006 by the American Geophysical Union.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Slott, JM; Murray, AB; Ashton, AD; Crowley, TJ

Published Date

  • September 28, 2006

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 33 / 18

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0094-8276

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1029/2006GL027445

Citation Source

  • Scopus