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Tidal inlet function: field evidence and numerical simulation in the INDIA Project

Williams, J.J., O'Connor, B.A., Arens, S.M., Abadie, S., Bell, P., Balouin, Y., Van Boxel, J.H., Do Carmo, A.J., Davidson, M., Ferreira, O., Heron, M., Howa, H., Hughes, Z., Kaczmarek, L.M., Kim, H., Morris, B., Nicholson, J., Pan, S., Salles, P., Silva, A., Smith, J., Soares, C. and Vila-Concejo, A. (2003) Tidal inlet function: field evidence and numerical simulation in the INDIA Project Journal of Coastal Research, 19, (1), pp. 189-211.

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In recognition of the environmentally sensitive nature of inlets and of a requirement to improve present knowledge of their function, the INDIA project has studied a small natural tidal inlet located in the Ría Formosa, Algarve, Portugal. The project has used state-of-the-art field equipment to study present day processes, and a range of nu~merical models to extend the spatial and temporal range of the measurements. Underpinned by knowledge of inlet evolution over several years, and by knowledge of other inlet systems, a conceptual model describing the medium- to long-term evolution of the inlet is presented. Key elements of the model are then examined with reference to field observations and to numerical simulations of tides, waves, sediments and morphology. Supported by historical evi~dence of inlet evolution in the Ría Formosa, the picture that emerges of inlet dynamics is essentially one of relative simplicity and predictability in the short- to medium-term.

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Published date: 2003
Keywords: Inlet dynamics, Ría Formosa, Algarve, Portugal, inlet evolution, erosion, migration


Local EPrints ID: 1401
ISSN: 0749-0208
PURE UUID: 5e764376-0cc3-4207-8138-6d696bb06e7a

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Date deposited: 07 May 2004
Last modified: 17 Jul 2017 17:16

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Author: J.J. Williams
Author: B.A. O'Connor
Author: S.M. Arens
Author: S. Abadie
Author: P. Bell
Author: Y. Balouin
Author: J.H. Van Boxel
Author: A.J. Do Carmo
Author: M. Davidson
Author: O. Ferreira
Author: M. Heron
Author: H. Howa
Author: Z. Hughes
Author: L.M. Kaczmarek
Author: H. Kim
Author: B. Morris
Author: J. Nicholson
Author: S. Pan
Author: P. Salles
Author: A. Silva
Author: J. Smith
Author: C. Soares
Author: A. Vila-Concejo

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