(Article of periodic en Anglais - 2009)

Document title

Synchronization of transport and supply in beach-dune interaction

Authors(s) and Affiliation(s)

HOUSER C. (1) ;
(1) Dep. of Geography, Texas Univ., ETATS-UNIS


This review considers the role of nearshore processes and morphological change as a flexible and dynamic constraint on the supply and transport of sediment between beach and dune. It is argued that the lack of information in this regard remains a central barrier to the development of a theory of beach-dune interaction that can be translated across scales and between field sites. Existing beach-dune models do not consider how and when sediment gets transferred to the backshore where it becomes available for transport by wind. The dependence of dune recovery on the synchronization of transport events with the recovery of sediment supply in the backshore creates a strong asymmetry in dune recovery that makes barrier island susceptible to widespread erosion and breaching if a change in the frequency or grouping of storm events is capable of resetting the bar system (offshore) before the next extreme storm


Article of periodic

published at : Progress in physical geography / ISSN 0309-1333 / CODEN PPGEEC

Editor : Sage Publications, London - ROYAUME-UNI (1977)

Millesime : 2009, vol. 33, no6 [pp. 733-746]

Bibliographic references : 3 p.



INIST-CNRS, Cote INIST : 14648 A

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