The influence of sea level on incident and infragravity wave-driven sediment dynamics across a fringing coral reef

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Abstract

Coral reefs generate significant volumes of carbonate sediment that becomes the primary source of beach material along many low-latitude shorelines that protect hundreds of millions of people globally. Despite this fact, there is little understanding of the specific processes that transport the carbonate sediment produced on the outer portions of coral reefs to the shoreline, let alone how those processes may be affected by projected sea-level rise. To better constrain the influence of sea-level rise on waves and sediment transport over a fringing coral reef flat, an experiment was conducted across the large fringing reef off the south shore of Moloka’i, Hawai’i, in the summer of 2018. Here we describe the influence of water levels on waves, currents, and the resulting sediment resuspension and fluxes observed during this field effort

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Publication type Conference Paper
Title The influence of sea level on incident and infragravity wave-driven sediment dynamics across a fringing coral reef
DOI 10.1142/9789811204487_0087
Year Published 2019
Language English
Publisher World Scientific
Contributing office(s) Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center
Description 10 p.
Larger Work Type Book
Larger Work Subtype Monograph
Larger Work Title Coastal Sediments 2019 Proceedings
First page 998
Last page 1007
Country United States
State Hawaii
Other Geospatial Molokai