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A remote-sensing technique for the identification of aeolian fetch distance

Lynch, Kevin, Jackson, Derek and Cooper, Andrew (2006) A remote-sensing technique for the identification of aeolian fetch distance. SEDIMENTOLOGY, 53 (6). pp. 1381-1390. [Journal article]

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DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-3091.2006.00808.x


This paper describes a new method for assessing aeolian fetch distances in beach/dune systems. The remote-sensing technique has advantages over currently used proxy measures of fetch distance, such as those based on tide gauges and beach profiles. The method uses a digital camera, global positioning system surveying, and a geographical information system software package to produce a rectified image of the beach surface. From this, direct measurements of the wet-dry beach boundary can be combined with wind direction measurements to determine fetch distance. The method offers an improvement on current approaches to sediment transport estimates: a 28-day study on Magilligan Strand, Northern Ireland, showed that the commonly used high water mark approach overestimated fetch distance by 30% compared with the technique reported here.

Item Type:Journal article
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Life and Health Sciences
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences > School of Geography and Environmental Sciences
Research Institutes and Groups:Environmental Sciences Research Institute
Environmental Sciences Research Institute > Coastal Systems
ID Code:1389
Deposited By: Professor Andrew Cooper
Deposited On:26 Nov 2009 12:20
Last Modified:15 Jun 2011 10:17

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