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(Article of periodic en Anglais - 1979)

Document title

Effects of storm surges on the Beaufort sea coast, Northern Alaska

Authors(s) and Affiliation(s)

REIMNITZ E. ; MAURER D. K. ;

Abstract

In 1970, a major storm surge caused by gale-force westerly winds inundated low-lying tundra plains and deltas as for as 5000 m inland and left a driftwood line as much as 3.4 m above normal sea level along the Beaufort Sea coast of Alaska. The height of the surge followed a predictable pattern and was highest along windward-facing shorelines. Coastal retreat and thermoerosion are greatly accelerated on such west-facing shores with eastward sediment transport opposite to normal littoral drift. Evidence suggests an approximate 100-year recurrence internal for similar surges, with potential for damaging the developing oil fields on the North Slope.

Source

Article of periodic

published at : Arctic. Journal of the Arctic institute of North Montreal

Editor :

Millesime : 1979, vol. 32, no4 [pp. 329-344]

Bibliographic references : 26 réf.

Language

Anglais

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