(Article of periodic en Anglais - 2011)

Document title

Creek enlargement in a low-energy degrading saltmarsh in southern England

Authors(s) and Affiliation(s)

CHEN Y. (1) ; COLLINS M.B. (1) ; THOMPSON C.E.L. (1) ;
(1) School of Ocean and Earth Science, National Oceanography Centre, Southampton, ROYAUME-UNI


A low-energy saltmarsh in the Beaulieu River Estuary, southern England was investigated. A geomorphological survey revealed that the creek bank geometry was characterized by the presence of cantilevers, a result of the protection provided by roots over the upper part of the bank. The saltmarsh deposits, consisting mainly of clay and organic matter, have a high resistance to flow-induced erosion. Short-term hydrographic deployments revealed that the tidal currents and waves recorded were insufficient to cause erosion of the bank surface. However, pin measurements over a 2-year period revealed that the tidal creeks within the saltmarsh did experience bank erosion, particularly below the cantilevers, in spite of this low-energy setting. Bank face erosion was therefore considered to be related to long-term processes


Article of periodic

published at : Earth surface processes and landforms / ISSN 0197-9337 / CODEN ESPLDB

Editor : Wiley, Chichester - ROYAUME-UNI (1981)

Millesime : 2011, vol. 36, no6 [pp. 767-778]

Bibliographic references : 1,5 p.

Collation : 8 fig.



INIST-CNRS, Cote INIST : 17355

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