Airborne laser study quantifies El Niño-induced coastal change

Eos, Transactions, American Geophysical Union
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Winter storms during the 1997–1998 El Niño caused extensive changes to the beaches and cliffs of the west coast of the United States, a NASA-NOAA-USGS investigation using a scanning airborne laser has found. For example, near Pacifica in central California, the cliff eroded locally as much as 10–13 m landward during the El Niño winter, at least 40 times the long term average erosion rate. However, only several hundred meters away the cliff was stable. This variability in cliff response may be related to differences in local beach changes where an accreting beach protected part of the cliff and an eroding beach exposed another part to attack by waves.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Airborne laser study quantifies El Niño-induced coastal change
Series title Eos, Transactions, American Geophysical Union
DOI 10.1029/99EO00056
Volume 80
Issue 8
Year Published 1999
Language English
Publisher American Geophysical Union
Contributing office(s) Coastal and Marine Geology Program
Description 4 p.
Larger Work Type Article
Larger Work Subtype Journal Article
Larger Work Title Eos, Transactions American Geophysical Union
First page 89
Last page 92
Country United States
Other Geospatial Pacific Coast
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