Estuaries occur along many of the world’s coastlines irrespective of geologic setting, energy regime, and depositional environment. They represent the interface between fluvial, coastal and marine environments and they contain the sedimentary record of geological changes among these systems. However, detailed case studies on the morphodynamics and sedimentary evolution of different estuarine environments are notably lacking.
This book focuses on the use of high-resolution geophysical techniques, field observations and modeling to investigate the morphodynamics of estuaries on both glaciated and non-glaciated coasts and on different time scales. Papers in this book offer a new approach to nearshore and estuary studies, with an emphasis on multidisciplinary techniques and data integration. Results of these studies have important implications for estuary resource management and shoreline stability. This book will be of interest to sedimentologists, coastal and Quaternary geologists, environmental scientists, and coastal managers.
1. Towards an understanding of the morphodynamics and sedimentary evolution of Estuaries; Jasper Knight and Duncan M. FitzGerald. 2. High-resolution geophysical investigations seaward of the Bann estuary, Northern Ireland coast; J. Lyn McDowell, Jasper Knight, and Rory Quinn. 3. A seabed classification approach based on multiple acoustic sensors in the Hudson River estuary; Frank O. Nitsche, Suzanne Carbotte, William Ryan, and Robin Bell. 4. Analysis of land-cover shifts in time and their significance; Ramon Gonzalez, João M. Alveirinho Dias, and Óscar Ferreira. 5. Comparison of the hydrodynamic character of three tidal inlet systems; Elizabeth A. Pendleton and Duncan M. FitzGerald. 6. Suspended sediment fluxes in the middle reach of the Bahia Blanca Estuary, Argentina; Gerardo M. E. Perillo, Jorge O. Pierini, Daniel E. Pérez, and M. Cintia Piccolo. 7. Temporal Variability in Salinity, Temperature and Suspended Sediments in a Gulf of Maine Estuary: Great Bay Estuary, New Hampshire; Larry G. Ward and Frank L. Bub. 8. Morphodynamics and sediment flux in the Blyth estuary, Suffolk, UK; J.R. French, T. Benson and H. Burningham. 9. Controls on Estuarine Sediment Dynamics in Merrymeeting Bay, Kennebec River Estuary, Maine, U.S.A.; Michael S. Fenster, Duncan M. FitzGerald, Daniel F. Belknap, Brad A. Knisley, Allen Gontz, and Ilya V. Buynevich. 10. Coarse-grained sediment transport in northern New England estuaries: a synthesis; Duncan M. FitzGerald, Ilya V. Buynevich, Michael S. Fenster, Joseph T. Kelley, Daniel F. Belknap. 11. Morphodynamic behaviour of a high-energy coastal inlet: Loughros Beg, Donegal, Ireland; HeleneBurningham. 12. Complex morpho-hydrodynamic response of estuaries and bays to winter storms: north-central Gulf of Mexico, USA; Gregory W. Stone, B. Prasad Kumar, A. Sheremet, and Dana Watzke. 13. Effects of cold fronts on bayhead delta development: Atchafalaya Bay, Louisiana, USA; Harry H. Roberts, Nan D. Walker, Alexandru Sheremet and Gregory W. Stone. 14. Evolving understanding of the Tay Estuary, Scotland: Exploring the Linkages Between Frontal Systems and Bedforms; R.W. Duck. 15. Sedimentological signatures of riverine-dominated phases in estuarine and barrier evolution along an embayed coastline; Ilya V. Buynevich and Duncan M. FitzGerald. 16. Paleodeltas and preservation potential on a paraglacial coast – evolution of eastern Penobscot Bay, Maine, Daniel F. Belknap, Allen M. Gontz and Joseph T. Kelley . Index.