Influence of history and environment on the sediment dynamics of intertidal flats

Marine Geology
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Edited by: P.L. BarnardB.E. Jaffe, and D.H. Schoellhamer



Morphological trends of three distinct intertidal environments in South San Francisco Bay were investigated using a combination of measurement and modeling tools. Because of the inherent relationship between the physical environment and the sediment properties, the sediment properties provide a good indicator of morphologic trends. A significant finding of this study is that surface sediment erodibility increases as the energy level in the environment increases. Conversely subsurface sediment erodibility shows a strong relationship to the long-term history of the site. The combination of the measured sediment properties, the history of deposition and erosion, and simple modeling of the physical environment illustrate the interaction of these properties such that an understanding of intertidal flat behavior is developed.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Influence of history and environment on the sediment dynamics of intertidal flats
Series title Marine Geology
DOI 10.1016/j.margeo.2013.05.011
Volume 345
Year Published 2013
Language English
Publisher Elsevier
Contributing office(s) Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center
Description 10 p.
Larger Work Type Article
Larger Work Subtype Journal Article
Larger Work Title Marine Geology
First page 294
Last page 303
Country United States
State California
Other Geospatial San Francisco Bay
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