Arctic Coastal Dynamics (ACD): an introduction.

Rachold, Volker, Are, Feliks E., Atkinson, David E., Cherkashov, Georgy and Solomon, Steven M. (2005) Arctic Coastal Dynamics (ACD): an introduction. Geo-Marine Letters, 25 (2-3). pp. 63-68. DOI 10.1007/s00367-004-0187-9.

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Background and rationale
The coastal zone is the interface through which land-ocean exchanges in the Arctic are mediated and it is the site of most of the human activity that occurs at high latitudes. Arctic coastlines are highly variable and their dynamics are a function of environmental forcing (wind, waves, sea-level changes, sea-ice, etc.), geology, permafrost and its ground-ice content and coastline morphometry. Environmental forcing initiates coastal processes, such as the sediment transport by waves, currents and sea-ice and the degradation of coastal permafrost. The coastal response (erosion or accretion) results in land and habitat loss or gain and thus affects biological and human systems. Figure 1 schematically illustrates the major processes involved in Arctic coastal dynamics. Coastal processes in the Arctic are strongly controlled by Arctic-specific phenomena, i.e. the sea-ice cover and the existence of onshore and offshore permafrost.

Document Type: Article
Keywords: Arctic; Coastal research; Coastal dynamics
Research affiliation: HGF-AWI
Refereed: Yes
Publisher: Springer
Projects: Laptev Sea System, Permafrost, ACD, Arctic Coastal Dynamics
Date Deposited: 05 Mar 2015 11:53
Last Modified: 05 Mar 2015 11:53

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