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Beach fetch distance and aeolian sediment transport

Jackson, Derek and Cooper, Andrew (1999) Beach fetch distance and aeolian sediment transport. SEDIMENTOLOGY, 46 (3). pp. 517-522. [Journal article]

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An experiment was conducted to examine the influence of fetch distance on aeolian sediment transport on a natural sand beach at Benone Strand, County Londonderry, Northern Ireland. The site consisted of a wide dissipative beach, approximately 150 m wide at low tide and 80 m wide during high tide. Surface moisture levels (and hence dry fetch distance) were dictated by both local groundwater, from a stream outlet across the beach, as well as local tidal levels. An abundant dry sediment supply was available during the experiment. High-resolution (1 Hz) measurements were made of wind speed and direction along with sediment nux. Wind velocity ranged from 2.1 to 8.1 m s(-1) during the study. Second-order polynomial sand transport equations were derived from the wind speed and trap results with r(2) values of better than 0.93 for all data. When the data were sorted into velocity bins of 1 m s(-1), there was no discernible relationship between fetch distance and sand transport, with a measured fetch distance range of 10-58 m available during the experiment. Results show that fetch distance is unimportant when an adequate sand supply is available. However, it is suggested that fetch may restrict the development of steady-state transport under sediment-limited conditions. Sediment availability is thus identified as a key variable in aeolian transport studies on natural beaches.

Item Type:Journal article
Keywords:aeolian; beach; fetch; sand transport
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:1470
Deposited By: Professor Andrew Cooper
Deposited On:02 Dec 2009 13:09
Last Modified:15 Jun 2011 10:17

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