(Article of periodic en Anglais - 2011)

Document title

Long-term morphological impacts of the opening of a new inlet on a multiple inlet system

Authors(s) and Affiliation(s)

PACHECO A. (1) ; FERREIRA Ó. (1) ; WILLIAMS J.J. (2) ;
(1) CIMA/Univ. do Algarve, Faro, PORTUGAL
(2) ABP Marine Environmental Research Ltd, Southampton, ROYAUME-UNI


This study focuses on the dominant Faro-Olhão and Armona inlets in the Ria Formosa barrier island system of southern Portugal. The equilibrium state and future evolution of the system are inferred using a range of morphological and hydrodynamic indicators, including the evolution of the inlet cross-section, changes in tidal prism, and changes in the dimensions (length and area) of barrier islands. The results reveal how the morphology of an interconnected two-inlet bay system and the adjacent coastlines has evolved following the artificial opening and stabilization of Faro-Olhão inlet since 1929. A clear relationship between barrier island size, inlet cross-section/width, and tidal prism is demonstrated. The work highlights the importance of ebb-tidal deltas both as sand reservoirs and as conduits through which sand exchange between estuaries or lagoons and the open coast is regulated.


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, no13 [pp. 1726-1735]

Bibliographic references : 43 ref.

Collation : 8 fig., 3 tabl.



INIST-CNRS, Cote INIST : 17355

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