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Anja Scheffers, Max Engel, Sander Scheffers, Peter Squire and Dieter Kelletat (2012)

Beach ridge systems – archives for Holocene coastal events?

Progress in Physical Geography, 36(1):5--37.

Holocene coastal evolution has been extensively studied by workers from various earth science disciplines, particularly sedimentologists and geomorphologists. Some of these studies have focused on the history of regional sea-level changes in various ocean basins and the mechanisms – such as eustasy, glacio-isostasy, sediment compaction, neotectonics and climatic forces – involved in such changes. Although beach ridges have been used to identify steps in coastal evolution, only in a few cases have beach ridge systems been investigated with respect to event histories (for example, cyclones and tsunamis). Beach ridge systems, however, belong to the most promising geo-archives for the study of climate change and sea-level variations over the Holocene, as well as for deciphering event histories. This paper presents examples of some studies in this field, in relation to a global overview of beach ridge systems and their morphological characteristics.

beach ridges, climate change, extreme wave events, geoarchives, Holocene, palaeotempestology, storm frequency

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