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Formation and Evolution of Multiple Tidal Inlets

Formation and Evolution of Multiple Tidal Inlets

David J. Aubrey (Editor), Graham S. Giese (Editor)

ISBN: 978-1-118-66515-2

Mar 2013, American Geophysical Union

238 pages

Select type: O-Book


Published by the American Geophysical Union as part of the Coastal and Estuarine Studies, Volume 44.

Coastal inlets dot the world's coastline, serving as important conduits for exchange of organic and inorganic materials between the continents and the oceans. In addition, inlets are the focal points of navigation pathways between deep water and coastal ports, a function often requiring alteration of the inlet to assure safe navigation. Particularly for inlets along mobile barrier beaches, frequent dredging is often required to maintain navigation clearances.

The papers in this book primarily discuss research relating to tidal inlets along barrier beach systems and illustrate the scientific approaches appropriate for examining multiple inlet stability. The aim is to provide a scientific basis for effective management. By proper and in-depth scientific analysis, more appropriate inlet management can be effected, to the benefit of the environment and the inhabitants of coastal areas. Case examples are included that will be useful to those who may wish to pursue the widermanagement and policy implications.


Origin and Stability of Tidal Inlets in Massachusetts
Duncan M. FitzGerald 1

Morphodynamic Evolution of a Newly Formed Tidal Inlet
James T. Liu, Donald K. Stauble, Graham S. Giese and David G. Aubrey  62

Hydrodynamical Modeling of a Multiple-Inlet Estuary/Barrier System:
Insight into Tidal Inlet Formation and Stability
Carl T. Friedrichs, David G. Aubrey, Graham S. Giese and Paul E. Speer  95

Tidal Residual Currents and Sediment Transport Through Multiple Tidal Inlets
James T. Liu and David G. Aubrey  113

Backbarrier and Inlet SedimentR esponseto the Breaching of Nauset Spit and Formation of New Inlet, Cape Cod, Massachusetts
Duncan M. FitzGerald and Todd M. Montello 158

Cyclic Spit Morphology in a Devdoping Inlet System
Christopher R. Weidman and James R. Ebert 186

Effects of Multiple Inlet Morphology on Tidal Exchange: Waquoit Bay, Massachusetts
David G. Aubrey, Thomas R. McSherry and Pierre P. Eliet  213